or rat·toon

[ ra-toon ]
/ ræˈtun /


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.

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 otoño autumn


ra·toon·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for ratoon

  • 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
  • They are called here, though I do not know why, ratoon oysters.

    Letters of a Traveller|William Cullen Bryant

British Dictionary definitions for ratoon



/ (ræˈtuːn) /


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

Word Origin for ratoon

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