Definition of ROOT


ROOT

That part of a tree or plant under ground from which it
draws most of its nourishment from the earth.


2. When the roots of a tree planted in one man s land extend into that
of another, this circumstance does not give the latter any right to the tree,
though such is the doctrine of the civil law; Dig. 41, 1, 7, 13; but such
person has a right to cut off the roots up to his line. Rolle s R. 394, vide
Tree.


3. In a figurative sense, the term root is used to signify the person
from whom one or more others are descended. Vide Descent; Per stirpes.




Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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