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ratoon

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noun ra·toon \ra-ˈtün\

Definition of ratoon

  1. 1 :  a shoot of a perennial plant (such as sugarcane)

  2. 2 :  a crop (as of bananas) produced on ratoons

Origin and Etymology of ratoon

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


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ratoon

verb ra·toon

Definition of ratoon

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to sprout or spring up from the root

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to grow or produce (a crop) from or on ratoons

1732

First Known Use of ratoon

1732

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