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taproot definition

Overview

Define the English word taproot below. Taproot is a noun. Also define these 3 related words and terms: botany, taper, and root.

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Etymology

tap +‎ root. The oldest use (by Philemon Holland) is spaced as tap root. In the 18th and 19th centuries the standard spelling was tap-root.

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Noun

taproot (plural taproots)

  1. (botany) A long, tapering root possessed by many plants (such as carrots and dandelions). [from early 17th c.]
    • Botany definition
      The scientific study of plants, a branch of biology. Typically those disciplines that involve the whole plant. (1 of 4 botany definitions)

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