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ratoon

or rat·toon

[ ra-toon ]
/ ræˈtun /
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noun
a sprout or shoot from the root of a plant, especially a sugarcane, after it has been cropped.
verb (used with or without object)
to put forth or cause to put forth ratoons.
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Origin of ratoon

1625–35; <Spanish retoño sprout, derivative of retoñar to sprout again in the fall, equivalent to re-re- + -(o)toñar, derivative of otoñoautumn

OTHER WORDS FROM ratoon

ra·toon·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ratoon

ratoon

rattoon

/ (ræˈtuːn) /

noun
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
verb
to propagate or cause to propagate by such a growth

Word Origin for ratoon

C18: from Spanish retoño young shoot, from re- + otoñar to sprout in autumn, from otoño autumn
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