offshoot

noun
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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Synonyms for offshoot

Synonyms

outgrowth, shoot, sprout

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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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Nigeria’s government now acknowledges an extremist resurgence, this time by a Boko Haram offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province, the IS group’s largest presence outside the Middle East, estimated to have more than 3,000 fighters. Haruna Umar, The Seattle Times, "Islamic militants’ deadly resurgence threatens Nigeria polls," 12 Feb. 2019 Photos courtesy Ori Earlier this year, the MIT offshoot Ori launched an all-in-one robotic furniture system that made tiny apartments feel a little less tiny. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ori’s new robotic furniture includes a bed that drops from the ceiling," 14 Nov. 2018 To aid in their search, the family is working with local nonprofit organizations like California Farm Link, Slow Money (an offshoot of the Slow Food movement) and Food System 6. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Pioneering Marshall’s Farm looking to pass on legacy of natural honey in Bay Area," 12 June 2018 Likely, it was developed as an offshoot of ceramic-glaze production. Doug Main, The Atlantic, "Humankind’s Most Important Material," 7 Apr. 2018 Nigeria's government acknowledges an extremist resurgence, this time by a Boko Haram offshoot. Haruna Umar, The Seattle Times, "Islamic militants’ deadly resurgence threatens Nigeria polls," 12 Feb. 2019 The Druze are followers of a secretive offshoot of Shiite Islam and are considered fiercely loyal to the state and serve in Israel's military, unlike most of the country's other Arab citizens. Shlomo Mor, Fox News, "Thousands attend Arab-led rally against Israeli bill," 11 Aug. 2018 Iranian authorities say the group is an offshoot of the Salafist militant group Jundullah, which has waged a low-intensity war on Iran’s government in the southeast for years. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Suicide Bombing Kills Revolutionary Guards in Restive Iranian Province," 13 Feb. 2019 The cyclists protesting housing inequality were an offshoot of that tradition, news outlets reported. Curt Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Miami prosecutor probing MLK traffic incident as hate crime," 22 Jan. 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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offshoot

noun

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

offshoot

noun
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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