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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something that branches out or derives its existence or origin from a particular source. synonym: branch.
  • noun A branch, descendant, or member of a family or social group.
  • noun Botany A lateral shoot from the main stem of a plant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A branch from a main stem, street, stream, or the like.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That which shoots off or separates from a main stem, channel, family, race, etc..

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun That which shoots off or separates from a main stem, channel, family, race, etc.; as, the offshoots of a tree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a natural consequence of development

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From off- +‎ shoot.

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