- 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
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Related Wordsoutgrowth, spin-off, sprout, adjunct, limb, branch, appendage, derivative, by-product, descendant
Examples from the Web for offshoot
Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, now anathema to Cairo's military regime.Imprisonment of Canadian Activists Illustrates Egyptian Regime's Growing Repression
September 26, 2013
On the Syrian battlefield, the lines between the Brotherhood and Jabhat al-Nusra, an offshoot of al Qaeda, often are blurred.Let It Bleed: No American Action Can Resolve the Syrian Conflict
August 28, 2013
Hamas arose as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and the connection between the two groups are strong.Morsi Should Visit Jerusalem
January 1, 2013
Assad hails from the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam that al Qaeda, a Sunni group, considers a natural enemy.Syrian Rebel Leader Mustafa al-Sheikh Says Victory Against Assad Not in Sight
July 26, 2012
His offshoot fashion site, CocoPerez.com, garnered just 160,000 unique visitors in May, according to comScore.Has Perez Lost His Touch?
June 23, 2010
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.Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone
G. Harvey Ralphson
Besides, it is clear that Mohammedanism is an offshoot of Zoroastrianism and Christianity.Reincarnation
- 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
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