(archaic) A baton.
* 1819 , Walter Scott, Ivanhoe :
- Of this mighty Order I am no mean member, but already one of the Chief Commanders, and may well aspire one day to hold the batoon of Grand Master.
A shoot sprouting from the root of a cropped plant, especially sugar cane.
* 1926 , Frank Wesley Pitman, "The Organization of Slave Labor," The Journal of Negro History , vol. 11, no. 4, p. 600,
*:Their field tasks were somewhat easier than those of the great gang: cleaning and banking young canes, turning over trash or ratoon pieces (canes sprouting from old roots).
*1968 , Paul C. Ekern, "Phyllotaxy of Pineapple Plant and Fruit," Botanical Gazette , vol. 129, no. 1, p. 94,
*:A number of very small fruits from Cayenne ratoons were recently examined.
A rattan cane.
- (Samuel Pepys)
(of a plant) To sprout ratoons.
* 1893 , "Resources of British Honduras," Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information , vol. 1893, no. 82/83, p. 327,
*:In the sugar areas to the north and south of the Colony cane has been known to "ratoon " for 20 to 30 years.
To cut a plant, especially sugar cane, so that it will produce ratoons.
* 1969 , M. Menzel; F. Wilson, "Genetic Relationships in Hibiscus Sect. Furcaria," Brittonia , vol. 21, no. 2, p. 100,
*:Attempts to propagate them by cuttings (of flowering shoots) and to ratoon the old plants in the greenhouse in November were unsuccessful.
*Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.
*Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary , 1987-1996.