rootlet [root-lit, roo t-] ExamplesWord Origin noun Botany.

  1. a little root.
  2. a small or fine branch of a root.
  3. one of the adventitious roots by which ivy or the like clings to rocks or other supports.

Origin of rootlet First recorded in 1785–95; root1 + -let Examples from the Web for rootlet Historical Examples of rootlet

  • At last it lit upon a rootlet of the tree, quite over her shoulder.

    Selected Stories

    Bret Harte

  • The obstruction of granite rocks, cannot force the rootlet upward, nor drive the leaflet down.

    The Reason Why


  • It sent downward a rootlet to get soil and water, and upward it shot a stem to which the first pair of leaves was attached.

    Arbor Day Leaves

    N.H. Egleston

  • Every growing shoot of a great tree is continually describing small ellipses; the tip of every rootlet endeavours to do the same.

    Life of Charles Darwin

    G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany

  • No structure in plants appears more wonderful, as Darwin describes it, than the tip of the rootlet of a seedling.

    Life of Charles Darwin

    G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany

  • British Dictionary definitions for rootlet rootlet noun

    1. a small root or branch of a root

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