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
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First Known Use of offshoot

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Offshoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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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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