a shoot growing from the root of a plant (esp. the sugar cane) that has been cut down
Origin of ratoonSpanish retoño from retoñar, to sprout again from re- ( from Classical Latin re-), again + otoñar, to grow in autumn from Classical Latin autumnare from autumnus, autumn
to grow ratoons, or grow as a ratoon
A shoot sprouting from a plant base, as in the banana, pineapple, or sugarcane.
verbra·tooned, ra·toon·ing, ra·toons
To produce or grow as a ratoon.
To propagate (a crop) from ratoons.
Origin of ratoonSpanish 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 . )
(third-person singular simple present ratoons, present participle ratooning, simple past and past participle ratooned)
- (intransitive, of a plant) To sprout ratoons.
- To cut a plant, especially sugar cane, so that it will produce ratoons.