[awf-shoot, of-] /ˈɔfˌʃut, ˈɒf-/

a branch or lateral 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.
a shoot or branch growing from the main stem of a plant
something that develops or derives from a principal source or origin

1670s, in figurative sense, of family trees; 1801 in general sense of “a derivative;” 1814 in literal sense, in reference to plants. From off + shoot (n.).


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