ratoon


1ra·toon

noun \ra-ˈtün\

Definition of RATOON

1
:  a shoot of a perennial plant (as sugarcane)
2
:  a crop (as of bananas) produced on ratoons

Origin of RATOON

Spanish retoño, from retoñar to sprout, from re- (from Latin) + otoñar to grow in autumn, from otoño autumn, from Latin autumnus
First Known Use: 1631

2ratoon

verb

Definition of RATOON

intransitive verb
:  to sprout or spring up from the root
transitive verb
:  to grow or produce (a crop) from or on ratoons

First Known Use of RATOON

1756

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