n. root; base, origin, cause; offspring; (Math.) root; (chemistry) radical
Other meanings
[gēn]   m. measure word for long and thin things
[gēn]   char. base, source; base (of part of body or object); completely, thoroughly
Simplified stroke orders are based on the 'Standard of National Commonly-used Mandarin Chinese Characters (现代汉语通用字笔顺规范)', issued by the China National Language and Character Working Committee (国家语言文字工作委员会) on April 7th 1997. Traditional stroke orders are based on information issued by the Taiwan Ministry of Education.
bá cǎo de shí hou yào lián gēn bá chú .
phr. The root should be uprooted when plucking up the weeds.
xún gēn
v. look for the origin or one's roots, track one's family root
guī gēn dào dǐ
phr. in the last or final analysis (same as 归根结底)
zhuī gēn sù yuán
phr. trace back to the root or origin