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or rattoon

[ra-toon] /ræˈtun/
a sprout or shoot from the root of a plant, especially a sugarcane, after it has been cropped.
verb (used without object), verb (used with 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
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ratooner, noun Unabridged
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  • 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
  • They are called here, though I do not know why, ratoon oysters.

    Letters of a Traveller William Cullen Bryant
  • The first is called plant cane; the second is known as first-year stubble, or ratoon.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
British Dictionary definitions for ratoon


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