Definition of heart-root in English:

heart-root

(also heart's root)

noun

  • 1The source of a person's most profound emotions; the bottom of the heart. Also in plural in same sense. Compare "heart", "root". Now poetic and rare.

  • 2A large, obliquely descending tree root, as contrasted with a vertical taproot or a horizontal root. Frequently attributive, especially in "heart-root system".

Origin

Middle English; earliest use found in Trinity Cambridge Manuscript. From heart + root. In some forms probably originally reflecting a genitive compound with unmarked first element. In some forms from the genitive of heart + root.

Pronunciation

heart-root

/ˈhɑːtruːt/