- a sprout or shoot from the root of a plant, especially a sugarcane, after it has been cropped.
- to put forth or cause to put forth ratoons.
Origin of ratoon
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Examples from the Web for ratoon
They are called here, though I do not know why, ratoon oysters.Letters of a Traveller
William Cullen Bryant
The first crop is called the "plant" crop, and those that follow are known as "ratoon" crops, the latter continuing several years.Under the Southern Cross
Maturin M. Ballou
The first is called plant cane; the second is known as first-year stubble, or ratoon.Agriculture for Beginners
Charles William Burkett
- a new shoot that grows from near the root or crown of crop plants, esp the sugar cane, after the old growth has been cut back
- to propagate or cause to propagate by such a growth
C18: from Spanish retoño young shoot, from re- + otoñar to sprout in autumn, from otoño autumn
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