Definition of root work in US English:

root work

noun

  • 1Horticulture. The mature roots of trees and plants used to create ornamental features in a garden. Compare rockwork, 2b. Now historical.

  • 2Dentistry. Treatment of the root of a tooth, especially of the root canal.

  • 3US regional (chiefly southern). Chiefly in African-American use: a spell cast using a preparation of plant roots; (more usually) the practice of casting spells using roots.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Gardener's Magazine. From root + work.

Pronunciation

root work

/ˈruːt wəːk/