What does the word root mean?

Usage examples for root

  1. The Boy Scout movement has taken root throughout Latin America, holding up everywhere in the spirit of its work and in local Scout papers a high standard of honour, truthfulness and conduct. – South America and the War by F. A. Kirkpatrick
  2. The telegram was the root of the evil. – A Duet by A. Conan Doyle
  3. He felt so cheerful that he began to whistle, which brought him bad luck, for he stumbled over a root which caught both feet and threw him head- down into a deep pool of mud. – Dick in the Everglades by A. W. Dimock