Definition of offshoot in English:



  • 1A side shoot or branch on a plant.

    • ‘After a female offshoot is planted it will be five years before there is a commercial crop of 30-40 pounds of dates.’
    • ‘Pistia stratiotes L. is a free-floating aquatic angiosperm that can reproduce rapidly by vegetative offshoots from stolons.’
    • ‘Not a few of the townsfolk, or their ancestors, more likely, have gone so far as to plant offshoots of the fruit-bearing specimens in their own gardens.’
    • ‘Also inside the aloe vera plant had grown 3 offshoots which were getting to be a couple of inches high - time to repot them on their own.’
    • ‘The flowers are probably wind-pollinated, and the plants can reproduce vegetatively by lateral offshoots, and by rhizomes.’
    side shoot, shoot, sucker, tendril, runner, scion, slip, offset, sprout, sprig, stem, twig, branch, bough, limb, spur
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    1. 1.1A thing that develops from something else.
      ‘commercial offshoots of universities’
      • ‘The encouragement of smuggling was also an offshoot of this co-operation.’
      • ‘Is this an HDTV offshoot or something proprietary that Moviebeam developed in-house?’
      • ‘It is an offshoot of an effective Meningitis Hib vaccine introduced in Finland which effectively solved one of the major hurdles - providing long term effectiveness.’
      • ‘Stuedemann and his colleagues developed the urine test as an offshoot of their vaccine work.’
      • ‘Certainly there was no shopping centre along with the myriad offshoot of shops that development has spawned.’
      • ‘It will create jobs, attract a pool of educated researches, and have economic offshoots, like the commercialisation of biotechnology discovered at the institute.’
      • ‘The luminous mould has been developed by researchers at the commercial offshoot of the school of biological sciences at Edinburgh University.’
      • ‘An offshoot of the actor's production company, the website serves a variety of functions.’
      • ‘I accept this penchant may have developed as an offshoot from my dislike of thongs, but it's grown up big and strong into a whole new preference in itself.’
      • ‘That is often a criticism of the way administrative law developed in England and the way its offshoots have developed.’
      • ‘With fifteen volumes to its name, it hinted that, at the very least, it wasn't the small offshoot of Disco that many have believed before.’
      • ‘Reading skills in the age of deconstruction and its many theoretical offshoots have apparently followed required Shakespeare courses into oblivion.’
      • ‘This organization was founded in 1983 as an offshoot from Wageningen Agricultural University.’
      • ‘The company was an umbrella organisation for a string of offshoots providing doctors and other specialists to any hospital needing to cover staffing gaps.’
      • ‘Tonight, you can check out yet another product of the creative collaborations and musical offshoots of these two bands.’
      • ‘Connect was set up as an offshoot of Edinburgh University five years ago.’
      • ‘He's been brought in to produce the latest Star Wars offshoot - Star Wars: Clone Wars.’
      • ‘Zen practice developed in India as an offshoot of Buddhism.’
      • ‘The product was developed as an offshoot of the biological warfare programme.’
      • ‘The experience gained there obviously didn't go astray as she now has a thriving business, which developed as an offshoot to the Country Markets.’
      subsidiary, branch, derivative, adjunct, appendage
      outcome, result, effect, consequence, upshot, product, by-product, spin-off, ramification, development, outgrowth
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