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primary root

noun, Botany
the first root produced by a germinating seed, developing from the radicle of the embryo.
Origin of primary root
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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primary root  
The first root of a plant, originating in the embryo. In gymnosperms, eudicotyledons, and magnoliids, the primary root develops into the taproot. In monocotyledons, the primary root disintegrates as the lateral roots develop into a system of fibrous roots.
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