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Meaning of offshoot

off•shoot

Pronunciation: (ôf'sht", of'-), [key]
— n.
  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 family or race.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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