Definition of offshoot in English:


Syllabification: off·shoot
Pronunciation: /ˈôfˌSHo͞ot, ˈäf-


  • 1A side shoot or branch on a plant.
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    • 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, stolon; twig, branch, bough, limb
  • 1.1A thing that originated or developed from something else: commercial offshoots of universities
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    • 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.
    outcome, result, (side) effect, corollary, consequence, upshot, product, by-product, spin-off, development, outgrowth, falloutsubsidiary, branch, adjunct, derivative

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