Definition of ratoon in English:

ratoon

Line breaks: ra¦toon
Pronunciation: /rəˈtuːn
 
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noun

  • 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.

verb

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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.

Origin

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

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