off·​shoot ˈȯf-ˌshüt How to pronounce offshoot (audio)
: a collateral or derived branch, descendant, or member : outgrowth
: a lateral branch (as of a mountain range)
: a branch of a main stem especially of a plant

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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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Offshoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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off·​shoot ˈȯf-ˌshüt How to pronounce offshoot (audio)
: something that branches out from something else
: a branch of a main stem of a plant

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