Etymology
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offspring (n.)

Old English ofspring "children or young collectively, descendants," literally "those who spring off (someone)," from of "away, away from" (see off (prep.)) + springan "to spring" (see spring (v.)). Similar formation in Old Norse afspringr. The figurative sense "that which is produced by something" is recorded from c. 1600. In Middle English often oxspring, ospring. Spelled with one -f- (except by Orm) before c. 1500.

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Definitions of offspring

offspring (n.)
the immediate descendants of a person;
she was the mother of many offspring
Synonyms: progeny / issue
offspring (n.)
something that comes into existence as a result;
industrialism prepared the way for acceptance of the French Revolution's various socialistic offspring
Synonyms: materialization / materialisation
offspring (n.)
any immature animal;
Synonyms: young
From wordnet.princeton.edu