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."
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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?