It is a marvel to me that I didn't grovel on the ground and root up the earth with my nose, so much did I drink.
Who'd have thought a child like that could root up two fossils like us?
The law is, "Plant planes, laurels, and rhododendrons; root up everything natural to this country."
If you try to root up the tares you will root up the wheat as well.
But Don knew that the pigs were supposed to stay in their pen, and not come out to root up the garden.
At any time, with a sharp stick, he could root up his fill of wild turnips.
The entire Republic is at present in disorder, and they are striving to root up the established order of things.
For when you once root up one of these early dates, many others are bound to follow.
For the highly-cultivated races do not travel in search of food, nor root up the ground with their ringed muzzles.
When shall we eat a cold luncheon there, and look at the view, and root up the monster in his abyss?
"underground part of a plant," late Old English rot, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse rot "root," figuratively "cause, origin," from Proto-Germanic *wrot (cf. Old English wyrt "root, herb, plant," Old High German wurz, German Wurz "a plant," Gothic waurts "a root," with characteristic Scandinavian loss of -w- before -r-), from PIE *wrad- (see radish (n.), and cf. wort). The usual Old English words for "root" were wyrttruma and wyrtwala.
Figurative use is from c.1200. Of teeth, hair, etc., from early 13c. Mathematical sense is from 1550s. Philological sense from 1520s. Slang meaning "penis" is recorded from 1846. In U.S. black use, "a spell effected by magical properties of roots," 1935. To take root is from 1530s. Root beer, made from the extracts of various roots, first recorded 1841, American English; root doctor is from 1821. Root cap is from 1875.
"dig with the snout," 1530s, from Middle English wroten "dig with the snout," from Old English wrotan "to root up," from Proto-Germanic *wrot- (cf. Old Norse rota, Swedish rota "to dig out, root," Middle Low German wroten, Middle Dutch wroeten, Old High German ruozian "to plow up"), from PIE root *wrod- "to root, gnaw."
Associated with the verb sense of root (n.). Extended sense of "poke about, pry" first recorded 1831. Phrase root hog or die "work or fail" first attested 1834, American English (in works of Davey Crockett, who noted it as an "old saying"). Reduplicated form rootin' tootin' "noisy, rambunctious" is recorded from 1875.
"cheer, support," 1889, American English, originally in a baseball context, probably from root (v.1) via intermediate sense of "study, work hard" (1856). Related: Rooted; rooting.
root (rōōt, rut)
The embedded part of an organ or structure, such as a hair, tooth, or nerve, serving as a base or support.
A primary source; an origin; radix.
In biology, the part of a plant that grows downward and holds the plant in place, absorbs water and minerals from the soil, and often stores food. The main root of a plant is called the primary root; others are called secondary roots. The hard tip is called the root cap, which protects the growing cells behind it. Root hairs increase the root's absorbing surface.
The part of a tooth below the gum. The root anchors the tooth to the jawbone.
[1846+; fr something that is or can be planted]
To lead a busy life professionally and socially: Monk's seesawing years, from 1935 to 1940, were spent racketing endlessly back and forth between Europe and New York, an itinerant pianist and boulevardier (1760+)
[fr early 1800s British underworld fr racket, ''noise, confusion,'' etc]
(also rot-see or rotasie or Rot-corps) The Reserve Officers Training Corps (1940s+ College students)