offshoot


offshoot

noun

  1. a branch or lateral shoot from a main stem, as of a plant.
  2. anything conceived of as springing or proceeding from a main stock: an offshoot of a discussion.
  3. a branch, descendant, or scion of a specific population or family.

noun

  1. a shoot or branch growing from the main stem of a plant
  2. something that develops or derives from a principal source or origin

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.).

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