from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A shoot sprouting from a plant base, as in the banana, pineapple, or sugar cane.
- intransitive v. To produce or grow as a ratoon.
- transitive v. To propagate (a crop) from ratoons.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A shoot sprouting from the root of a cropped plant, especially sugar cane.
- v. To sprout ratoons.
- v. To cut a plant, especially sugar cane, so that it will produce ratoons.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as rattoon, n.
- n. A rattan cane.
- intransitive v. Same as rattoon, v. i.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sprout or shoot springing up from the root of a plant after it has been cropped; especially, a new shoot from the root of a sugar-cane that has been cut down. Compare plant-cane.
- n. The heart-leaves in a tobacco-plant.
- To sprout or send up new shoots from the root after being cropped or cut down: said of the sugar-cane and some other plants.
- To induce the growth of young shoots by cutting back (old plants); raise another crop from (the old stools): as, to ratoon sugar-cane.
- In the West Indies, to continue the growth of (plants) after the close of the dry season and after seed has been sown for the new crop: as, to ratoon cotton.
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).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)