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[awf-shoot, of-] /ˈɔfˌʃut, ˈɒf-/
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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Examples for offshoot
  • 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 subnetworks.
  • Our book club started eight years ago as an offshoot of a bowling league.
  • But there is an offshoot genre so difficult to do properly that hardly anybody tries any more: the horror-comedy.
  • Then there's raw veganism, which is an offshoot of veganism in which none of the food can be cooked.
British Dictionary definitions for offshoot


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
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.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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