organ of a higher plant that anchors the rest of the plant in the ground, absorbs water and mineral salts from the soil, and does not bear leaves or buds

The root is the primary source or origin of something. In vascular plants, the root is the organ of a plant that typically lies below the surface of the soil.

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  • The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself is in possession of it, seems to me the deepest root of all that is evil in the world.
    • Max Born, Natural Philosophy of Cause and Chance (1964), p. 230, also in My Life and Views (1968), p. 183
  • सुखस्य मुलं धर्मः
  • True glory strikes root, and even extends itself; all false pretensions fall as do flowers, nor can anything feigned be lasting.
    • Cicero, as quoted in Great Catches; or, Grand Matches (1861) by Eleanor Frances Blakiston, p. 82
  • The laurel-tree grew large and strong,
    Its roots went searching deeply down;
    It split the marble walls of Wrong,
    And blossomed o'er the Despot's crown.
    • Richard Henry Horne, The Laurel Seed; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 439.
  • Will matter then be destroyed or not?
    The Savior said, All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots.
    For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of its own nature alone.
  • Old as aught of time can be,
    The root stands fast in the rocks below.

Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895) edit

Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).
  • May God keep our hearts pure from that selfishness which is the root of all sin.

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