scion

[sahy-uhn]
noun
1.
a descendant.
2.
Also, cion. a shoot or twig, especially one cut for grafting or planting; a cutting.

Origin:
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


1. child, issue, offshoot, progeny.
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scion (ˈsaɪən)
 
n
1.  a descendant, heir, or young member of a family
2.  a shoot or twig of a plant used to form a graft
 
[C14: from Old French cion, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German chīnan to sprout]

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scion
c.1300, "a shoot or twig," from O.Fr. sion, cion (Mod.Fr. scion, Picard chion), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Frankish *kid-, from P.Gmc. *kidon-, from PIE *geie- "to sprout, split, open." Figurative use is attested from 1580s; meaning "an heir, a descendant" is from 1814, from the "family tree"
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scion   (sī'ən)  Pronunciation Key 
A detached shoot or twig containing buds from a woody plant, used in grafting.
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Example sentences
Scions of different variety will be placed on well-developed rootstocks tightly
  with budding tape and grafting wax.
However, it has a high likelihood of being a useful mechanism to facilitate
  rootstock mediated trait modification in apple scions.
Rootstock effect on growth of apple scions with different growth habits.
Sharpe has been tested for compatibility with a limited number of peach and
  nectarine scions.
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