offshoot

noun off·shoot \ ˈȯf-ˌshüt \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of offshoot

1 a : 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

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

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First Known Use of offshoot

1710

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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OFFSHOOT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of offshoot for English Language Learners

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

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


OFFSHOOT Defined for Kids

offshoot

noun off·shoot \ ˈof-ˌshüt \

Definition of offshoot for Students

: a branch of a main stem of a plant


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