Definition of ratoon in English:


Line breaks: ra¦toon
Pronunciation: /rəˈtuːn


A new shoot or sprout springing from the base of a crop plant, especially sugar cane, after cropping.
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  • Mother pineapple plants produce two types of suckers - ratoons emerge from below the soil; other suckers develop in the leaf axils.
  • The plantation would provide seed, ratoons (cane striplings), tools, fertilizer, irrigation, and so on, and would pay a stipulated price for delivered cane.


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1(Of sugar cane) produce ratoons.
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  • Farmers can also prevent pests and disease build-up in cotton growing by avoiding ratooning.
  • Hybridizations were made using ratooning plants from the selected individuals in each generation.
1.1 [with object] Cut down (a plant) to cause it to produce ratoons: (as adjective ratooned) ratooned plants produce a much earlier crop
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  • The practice of ratooning exploits the perennial tendencies of some land-races and cultivars of sorghum.


mid 17th century: from Spanish retoño 'a sprout'.

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