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The main root of a plant, usually stouter than the lateral roots and growing straight downward from the stem.
(Botany) the large single root of plants such as the dandelion, which grows vertically downwards and bears smaller lateral roots
[C17: from tap2 + root1]
a main root descending downward and giving off small lateral roots.
The thick and strong downward-growing root produced by some plants, shrubs, and trees.
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|Noun||1.||taproot - (botany) main root of a plant growing straight downward from the stem|
root - (botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground
|2.||taproot - something that provides an important central source for growth or development; "the taproot of his resentment"; "genius and insanity spring from the same taproot"|