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[awf-spring, of-] /ˈɔfˌsprɪŋ, ˈɒf-/
noun, plural offspring, offsprings.
children or young of a particular parent or progenitor.
a child or animal in relation to its parent or parents.
a descendant.
descendants collectively.
the product, result, or effect of something:
the offspring of an inventive mind.
Origin of offspring
before 950; Middle English; Old English ofspring; see off, of1, spring (v.) Unabridged
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  • The eggs would then grow and hatch her offspring inside their hosts.
  • This leaves a short window for their own offspring to be born and mature.
  • All animals are able to produce offspring through selffertilization.
  • The adult does not contact the growing offspring, but it nonetheless does provide food.
  • Mothers calve, with a single offspring, about once every five years.
  • Two words used to describe human offspring while in utero are embryo and fetus.
British Dictionary definitions for offspring


the immediate descendant or descendants of a person, animal, etc; progeny
a product, outcome, or result
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Word Origin and History for offspring

Old English ofspring "children or young collectively, descendants," literally "those who spring off (someone,)" from off + springan "to spring" (see spring (v.)). The figurative sense is first recorded c.1600.

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offspring in Medicine

offspring off·spring (ôf'sprĭng')

  1. The progeny or descendants of a person, an animal, or a plant considered as a group.

  2. A child of particular parentage.

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