A new shoot or sprout springing from the base of a crop plant, especially sugar cane, after cropping.
More example sentences
- 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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mid 17th century (as a noun): from Spanish retoño 'a sprout'.
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