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offspring (plural offspring or offsprings)
- A person's daughter(s) and/or son(s); a person's children.
- All a person's descendants, including further generations.
- An animal or plant's progeny, an animal or plant's young.
2013 May-June, Katrina G. Claw, “Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:
- In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.
- (figuratively) Another produce, result of an entity's efforts.
- Artists often treasure their works as their immortal offspring.
- (computing) A process launched by another process.
- The form offsprings is also used for the plural, especially the computing sense.
- (daughter(s) and/or son(s)): baby/babies, child/children, issue (plural only), get
- (all descendants): descendants, lineage, progeny, get, binary clone
- (daughter(s) and/or son(s)): genitor (rare), parent, progenitor, father (male), mother (female)
- (descendants): ancestors, forbears/forebears, forefathers
singular offspring (male, female or sex unspecified)
plural or collective offspring (only males, only females, both sexes or sex unspecified)
singular offspring, animal's or plant's progeny
plural or collective offspring, animal's or plant's progeny
computing: process launched by another process
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