Definition of offshoot in English:



  • 1A side shoot or branch on a plant.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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. 1.1 A thing that originated or developed from something else.
      ‘commercial offshoots of universities’
      • ‘This organization was founded in 1983 as an offshoot from Wageningen Agricultural University.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It will create jobs, attract a pool of educated researches, and have economic offshoots, like the commercialisation of biotechnology discovered at the institute.’
      • ‘Is this an HDTV offshoot or something proprietary that Moviebeam developed in-house?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's been brought in to produce the latest Star Wars offshoot - Star Wars: Clone Wars.’
      • ‘The encouragement of smuggling was also an offshoot of this co-operation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Certainly there was no shopping centre along with the myriad offshoot of shops that development has spawned.’
      • ‘Stuedemann and his colleagues developed the urine test as an offshoot of their vaccine work.’
      • ‘The company was an umbrella organisation for a string of offshoots providing doctors and other specialists to any hospital needing to cover staffing gaps.’
      • ‘The product was developed as an offshoot of the biological warfare programme.’
      • ‘That is often a criticism of the way administrative law developed in England and the way its offshoots have developed.’
      • ‘The luminous mould has been developed by researchers at the commercial offshoot of the school of biological sciences at Edinburgh University.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Zen practice developed in India as an offshoot of Buddhism.’
      • ‘An offshoot of the actor's production company, the website serves a variety of functions.’
      • ‘Reading skills in the age of deconstruction and its many theoretical offshoots have apparently followed required Shakespeare courses into oblivion.’
      subsidiary, branch, derivative, adjunct, appendage
      outcome, result, effect, consequence, upshot, product, by-product, spin-off, ramification, development, outgrowth
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