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[awf-shoot, of-] /ˈɔfˌʃut, ˈɒf-/
a branch or lateral shoot from a main stem, as of a plant.
anything conceived of as springing or proceeding from a main stock:
an offshoot of a discussion.
a branch, descendant, or scion of a specific population or family.
Origin of offshoot
First recorded in 1665-75; off + shoot1 Unabridged
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  • The morality was not so much an offshoot as a complement of the miracle.

    John Lyly John Dover Wilson
  • America, we might say, does not exist; there exists instead an offshoot of Europe.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • A round-topped hill, generally an offshoot from a higher mountain.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • He is an offshoot of the Spanish family that ruled the Isthmus 153 after Balboa was shot.

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  • Besides, it is clear that Mohammedanism is an offshoot of Zoroastrianism and Christianity.

    Reincarnation Th. Pascal
British Dictionary definitions for offshoot


a shoot or branch growing from the main stem of a plant
something that develops or derives from a principal source or origin
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Word Origin and History for offshoot

1670s, in figurative sense, of family trees; 1801 in general sense of "a derivative;" 1814 in literal sense, in reference to plants. From off + shoot (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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