[awf-shoot, of-]
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 family or race.

1665–75; off + shoot Unabridged
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offshoot (ˈɒfˌʃuːt)
1.  a shoot or branch growing from the main stem of a plant
2.  something that develops or derives from a principal source or origin

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Word Origin & History

1674, in fig. sense, of family trees; 1801 in general sense of "a derivative;" 1814 in lit. sense, in ref. to plants. From off + shoot (n.).
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Example sentences
At this point there are many offshoot discussions and tangential topics being
  discussed on the skeptical blogs and elsewhere.
They were not some early croc offshoot that filled the niche that would later
  be occupied by predatory dinosaurs.
Each was busy experimenting with their own little terminal computer offshoot
Our book club started eight years ago as an offshoot of a bowling league.
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