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offshoot Line breaks: off|shoot
Pronunciation: /ˈɒfʃuːt/

Definition of offshoot in English:


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.
side shoot, shoot, sucker, tendril, runner, scion, slip, offset, sprout, sprig, stem, twig, branch, bough, limb, spur
technical stolon
1.1A thing that develops 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.

Words that rhyme with offshoot

jumpsuit • troubleshoot
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