/'ɒfʃu:t; [US] 'ɔ:f-; `ɔf,ʃut/
n stem or branch growing from a main stem 枝子; 枝条; 枝杈
*remove offshoots from a plant 修剪植物的枝桠
* (fig 比喻) the offshoot of a wealthy family 富家的旁系.
something such as an organization which has developed from a larger or earlier one
The company was originally an offshoot of Bell Telephones.
the Mafia and its offshoots
a new stem or branch on a plant
1. An offshoot of the family settled down on the island in the eighteenth century. 这个家族的一支旁系于十八世纪在那个岛上定居下来。