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ra·​toon ra-ˈtün How to pronounce ratoon (audio)
: a shoot of a perennial plant (such as sugarcane)
: a crop (as of bananas) produced on ratoons


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ratooned; ratooning; ratoons

intransitive verb

: to sprout or spring up from the root

transitive verb

: to grow or produce (a crop) from or on ratoons

Examples of ratoon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Giant banana leaves, ratoons of sugar cane and bright orange guavas — set amid a jumble of sheds, trellises, fences and retaining walls — give the hill the look of a rural village carved from jungle. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, 4 June 2018

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Word History



Spanish retoño, from retoñar to sprout, from re- (from Latin) + otoñar to grow in autumn, from otoño autumn, from Latin autumnus

First Known Use


1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1732, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of ratoon was in 1631

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“Ratoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratoon. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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