Definition of offshoot in English:

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offshoot

Pronunciation: /ˈôfˌSHo͞ot/
Pronunciation: /ˈäfˌSHo͞ot/

noun

1A side shoot or branch on a plant.
Example sentences
  • Pistia stratiotes L. is a free-floating aquatic angiosperm that can reproduce rapidly by vegetative offshoots from stolons.
  • The flowers are probably wind-pollinated, and the plants can reproduce vegetatively by lateral offshoots, and by rhizomes.
  • Not a few of the townsfolk, or their ancestors, more likely, have gone so far as to plant offshoots of the fruit-bearing specimens in their own gardens.
Synonyms
side shoot, shoot, sucker, tendril, runner, scion, slip, offset, stolon;
twig, branch, bough, limb
1.1A thing that originated or developed from something else: commercial offshoots of universities
More example sentences
  • The luminous mould has been developed by researchers at the commercial offshoot of the school of biological sciences at Edinburgh University.
  • The experience gained there obviously didn't go astray as she now has a thriving business, which developed as an offshoot to the Country Markets.
  • I accept this penchant may have developed as an offshoot from my dislike of thongs, but it's grown up big and strong into a whole new preference in itself.
Synonyms
outcome, result, (side) effect, corollary, consequence, upshot, product, by-product, spin-off, development, outgrowth, fallout
subsidiary, branch, adjunct, derivative

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Syllabification: off·shoot

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