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offshoot

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noun off·shoot \ˈȯf-ˌshüt\

Simple Definition of offshoot

  • : something (such as a business) that develops from something larger

  • : a branch that grows on one of the main stems of a plant

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of offshoot

  1. 1 a :  a collateral or derived branch, descendant, or member :  outgrowth b :  a lateral branch (as of a mountain range)

  2. 2 :  a branch of a main stem especially of a plant

Examples of offshoot in a sentence

  1. The business started as an offshoot of an established fashion design company.

  2. <we knew the rosebush had survived the harsh winter when it began producing offshoots and turning green again>



1710

First Known Use of offshoot

1710


OFFSHOOT Defined for Kids

offshoot

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noun off·shoot \ˈof-ˌshüt\

Definition of offshoot for Students

  1. :  a branch of a main stem of a plant





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