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scion

[sahy-uh n] /ˈsaɪ ən/
noun
1.
a descendant.
2.
Also, cion. a shoot or twig, especially one cut for grafting or planting; a cutting.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; ME shoot, twig < Old French cion < Frankish *kī- (compare Old English cīnan, Old Saxon kīnan, Old High German chīnan to sprout, Old English cīth, Old Saxon kīth sprout) + Old French -on noun suffix
Synonyms
1. child, issue, offshoot, progeny.
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Examples from the web for scion
  • The effect on profitability is especially striking when a family scion is chief executive.
  • You'd expect nothing less from the scion of legends.
  • The last is of the drippy scion of the once-formidable founding family, who fails even to announce the paper's closure properly.
  • Grafting efficiently combines rootstock and scion traits.
  • Often a newly grafted scion will produce flowers and fruit the year it is grafted.
  • The scion is cut in a wedge shape and inserted into the tree with the cambium.
British Dictionary definitions for scion

scion

/ˈsaɪən/
noun
1.
a descendant, heir, or young member of a family
2.
a shoot or twig of a plant used to form a graft
Word Origin
C14: from Old French cion, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German chīnan to sprout
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Contemporary definitions for scion
noun

a detached shoot or twig of living plant, esp. used for grafting

Word Origin

Old French cion

Usage Note

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Word Origin and History for scion
n.

c.1300, "a shoot or twig," especially one for grafting, from Old French sion, cion "descendant; shoot, twig; offspring" (12c., Modern French scion, Picard chion), of uncertain origin. OED rejects derivation from Old French scier "to saw." Perhaps a diminutive from Frankish *kid-, from Proto-Germanic *kidon-, from PIE *geie- "to sprout, split, open" (see chink (n.1)). Figurative use is attested from 1580s in English; meaning "an heir, a descendant" is from 1814, from the "family tree" image.

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scion in Science
scion
  (sī'ən)   
A detached shoot or twig containing buds from a woody plant, used in grafting.
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