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Related to ratoon: hydrophyte
A shoot sprouting from a plant base, as in the banana, pineapple, or sugarcane.
v. ra·tooned, ra·toon·ing, ra·toons
To produce or grow as a ratoon.
To propagate (a crop) from ratoons.
[Spanish retoño, sprout, from retoñar, to sprout : re-, again (from Latin; see re-) + otoñar, to grow in autumn (from otoño, autumn, from Latin autumnus; see autumn).]
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(Agriculture) a new shoot that grows from near the root or crown of crop plants, esp the sugar cane, after the old growth has been cut back
(Agriculture) to propagate or cause to propagate by such a growth
[C18: from Spanish retoño young shoot, from re- + otoñar to sprout in autumn, from otoño autumn]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a sprout or shoot from the root of a plant, esp. a sugarcane, after it has been cropped.v.i., v.t.
2. to put forth or cause to put forth ratoons.
[1625–35; < Sp retoño sprout, derivative of retoñar to sprout again in the fall]
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Past participle: ratooned
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