What does the word root mean?

Usage examples for root

  1. " See the trees flourish and recover their leaves; it is their root that has produced all; but when the branches are loaded with flowers and with fruits, they yield nothing to the root. – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3) by Isaac D'Israeli
  2. The root of such suffering is love. – Love's Final Victory by Horatio
  3. It was vanity that was at the root of it. – Here and Hereafter by Barry Pain

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