Definition of ratoon in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /rəˈtuːn/


A new shoot or sprout springing from the base of a crop plant, especially sugar cane, after cropping.
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.


[no object]
1(Of sugar cane) produce ratoons.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • The practice of ratooning exploits the perennial tendencies of some land-races and cultivars of sorghum.


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

Words that rhyme with ratoon

afternoon, attune, autoimmune, baboon, balloon, bassoon, bestrewn, boon, Boone, bridoon, buffoon, Cameroon, Cancún, cardoon, cartoon, Changchun, cocoon, commune, croon, doubloon, dragoon, dune, festoon, galloon, goon, harpoon, hoon, immune, importune, impugn, Irgun, jejune, June, Kowloon, lagoon, lampoon, loon, macaroon, maroon, monsoon, moon, Muldoon, noon, oppugn, picayune, platoon, poltroon, pontoon, poon, prune, puccoon, raccoon, Rangoon, rigadoon, rune, saloon, Saskatoon, Sassoon, Scone, soon, spittoon, spoon, swoon, Troon, tune, tycoon, typhoon, Walloon

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ra¦toon

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.