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offshoot (n.)

1670s, in figurative sense, of family trees; 1801 in general sense of "a derivative;" 1814 in literal sense, in reference to plants. From off + shoot (n.).

updated on April 01, 2011

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Definitions of offshoot from WordNet

offshoot (n.)
a natural consequence of development;
Synonyms: outgrowth / branch / offset
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