One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Botany. Having or growing from a root, especially as opposed to a rhizome; (of a fungus) having rootlike outgrowths at the base of the stipe.
1To cause to take root; to plant or establish firmly (in something). Chiefly figurative.
2In pass. To be or become rooted or established (in something).
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin rādīcātus, past participle of rādīcārī radicate<br>mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Elyot (c1490–1546), humanist and diplomat. From classical Latin rādīcāt-, past participial stem of rādīcārī to take root, in post-classical Latin also radicare to take root (Vetus Latina), to cause to take root, establish (Vulgate) from rādīc-, rādīx.
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