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[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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Examples from the web for ratoon
  • ratoon stunt and yellow leaf of sugarcane reduce sugarcane yields.
  • In first-ratoon sugarcane, all varieties responded similarly.
  • Late-season glyphosate ripener application coupled with post-harvest residue retention impacts subsequent ratoon yields.
  • Samples were taken during the grand growth and ripening stages in the plant and first ratoon crops.
  • Current and experimental pre-emergence herbicides were also evaluated in ratoon and plant cane crops.
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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