[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for offshoot

/ (ˈɒfˌʃuːt) /


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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