• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ratoon A rattan cane.
    • Ratoon Same as Rattoon n.
    • v. i Ratoon Same as Rattoon v. i.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ratoon 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 ratoon The heart-leaves in a tobacco-plant.
    • ratoon 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.
    • ratoon To induce the growth of young shoots by cutting back (old plants); raise another crop from (the old stools): as, to ratoon sugar-cane.
    • ratoon 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ratoon ra-tōōn′ a new shoot from the root of a sugar-cane
    • v.i Ratoon to send up new shoots from the root after cropping
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In literature:

They are called here, though I do not know why, ratoon oysters.
"Letters of a Traveller" by William Cullen Bryant
The first season is denominated "plant cane," and each of the subsequent growths, "ratoons.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
The first is called plant cane; the second is known as first-year stubble, or ratoon.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett

In news:

A faster method for detecting ratoon stunting disease--the most important disease affecting sugarcane production worldwide--has been developed by the Agricultural Research Service and cooperators.