Pronunciation: (ôf'shOOt", of'-), [key]
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.
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