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 (ŭp-ro͞ot′, -ro͝ot′)
tr.v. up·root·ed, up·root·ing, up·roots
1. To pull up (a plant and its roots) from the ground.
2. To destroy or remove completely; eradicate.
3. To force to leave an accustomed or native location.

up·root′ed·ness n.
up·root′er n.
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1. having been pulled up by or as if by the roots
2. displaced from native or habitual surroundings
3. removed or destroyed utterly
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References in classic literature ?
The uprooted trees lay on one side of the mountain trail, perhaps a mile from the mouth of the cave which had been covered over, entombing the Beecher party.
The ground rose in little mounds and ridges about the base of the bole, the tree tilted--in another moment it would be uprooted and fall.
it no longer bares its bosom with so dazzling a prodigality, for it is many a day since it was uprooted. The little dryad long since fled away weeping,--fled away, said evil tongues, fled away to the town.
Of all the strange, uprooted people among the first settlers, those two men were the strangest and the most aloof.
When I went to the forest I found the tree newly uprooted, and the arrows lying beside it, and I feared I should never see you again.
At the top of the window frame we could see an uprooted drainpipe.
Circles, craters, and uprooted mountains succeeded each other incessantly.
By and by, an uprooted tree, with shattered branches, came drifting along the current, and got entangled among the rocks.
The pine-trees, aged, black, and solemn, and flinging groans and other melancholy utterances on the breeze, needed little transformation to figure as Puritan elders the ugliest weeds of the garden were their children, whom Pearl smote down and uprooted most unmercifully.
Dantes redoubled his efforts; he seemed like one of the ancient Titans, who uprooted the mountains to hurl against the father of the gods.
This tree is the elephant's favourite food, and there were not wanting signs that the great brutes had been about, for not only was their spoor frequent, but in many places the trees were broken down and even uprooted. The elephant is a destructive feeder.
There were the trunks of trees uprooted by the undermining of the river banks, giant creepers, flowers, grasses, and now and then the body of some land animal or bird.