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root

noun [C]
 
 
/ruːt/
PLANT B2 the part of a plant that grows under the ground and gets water and food from the soilParts of plants
HAIR/TOOTH the part of a hair or tooth that is under the skinHairThe teethDentistryProblems with bones, joints and teeth
the root of sth the cause of something, usually something bad: the root of all evil →  See also grass roots Origins and sources
Translations of “root”
in Korean 뿌리…
in Arabic جِذْر…
in French racine, origine, racines…
in Turkish kök, çil, saç/diş kökü…
in Italian radice…
in Chinese (Traditional) 原因/根源, (壞事的)根源,根由,原因…
in Russian корень…
in Polish korzeń, cebulka…
in Spanish raíz, origen, raíces…
in Portuguese raiz…
in German die Wurzel, der Ursprung…
in Catalan arrel…
in Japanese (植物の)根…
in Chinese (Simplified) 原因/根源, (坏事的)根源,根由,原因…
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