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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Spanish, mid 17th century


A new shoot or sprout springing from the base of a crop plant, especially sugar cane, after cropping.

Examples of Ratoon in a sentence

"Rei loved giving clippings of her favorite plants' ratoons to her friends."

"We're struggling with weeds in our backyard — for every few we pull, several more ratoons spring up."

About Ratoon

Ratoon comes from the Spanish word "retoño," which means — simply enough — "a sprout."

Did you Know?

If you plant the spiky top (sucker) of a pineapple in the dirt, it grows several new ratoons around it. Why grow one pineapple when you can grow several?

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