tap|root «TAP ROOT, -RUT», noun.
1. a main root growing deep downward from the stem. A taproot is thick at the top, tapers to a point, and sprouts subsidiary lateral roots. »

Trees that have well-developed taproots are especially well equipped to withstand wind storms (Fred. W. Emerson).

2. Figurative. the main cause or source of development: »

Investment…is the taproot of economic growth (Wall Street Journal).

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