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ROOT (noun)

1 the part of a plant that attaches it to the ground, conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant 2 the part of a thing attaching it to a greater or more fundamental whole; the end or base 3 the basic cause, source, or origin of something 4 family, ethnic, or cultural origins; the reasons for one's long-standing emotional attachment to a place or community 5 relating to something from a particular ethnic or cultural origin, especially a non-Western one