off·​shoot | \ ˈȯf-ˌshüt How to pronounce offshoot (audio) \

Definition of offshoot

1a : a collateral or derived branch, descendant, or member : outgrowth
b : a lateral branch (as of a mountain range)
2 : a branch of a main stem especially of a plant

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Examples of offshoot in a Sentence

The business started as an offshoot of an established fashion design company. we knew the rosebush had survived the harsh winter when it began producing offshoots and turning green again
Recent Examples on the Web Use the leaves, stems or offshoots, letting any of these plant parts dry and heal for a few day before potting them up. NBC News, "Kill all your plants? These low-maintenance options require minimal watering," 14 Jan. 2020 There are several Hebrew Israelite offshoots in the New York region. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Black Hebrew Israelites: What We Know About the Fringe Group," 11 Dec. 2019 X3watch, an offshoot of a company called, is another. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Religious groups fight porn as ‘greatest threat to Christian purity’," 24 Nov. 2019 Gran Reserva is an offshoot from Esparza’s original restaurant, Barrio Café, on 16th Street. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Local restaurants struggle in the summer. Here's how they cope and what you can do to help," 4 Aug. 2019 Networks are the offshoot of Medicare price fixing in 1986. WSJ, "Medicare Turns Health-Care Prices Into a Guessing Game," 19 May 2019 An interesting offshoot of the load management era: Several players who would be classified as Most Valuable Player Award candidates are averaging 32 minutes per game or fewer. Marc Stein, New York Times, "5 New N.B.A. Truths," 18 Dec. 2019 Activists with the group Extinction Rebellion D.C., an offshoot of a protest movement that originated in Europe, recently held a hunger strike in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Climate change protesters plan to block downtown D.C. streets Friday morning," 6 Dec. 2019 X3watch, an offshoot of a company called, is another. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Religious groups fight porn as ‘greatest threat to Christian purity’," 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of offshoot

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of offshoot was in 1710

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24 Jan 2020

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“Offshoot.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


off·​shoot | \ ˈof-ˌshüt How to pronounce offshoot (audio) \

Kids Definition of offshoot

: a branch of a main stem of a plant

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