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[sahy-uh n] /ˈsaɪ ən/
a descendant.
Also, cion. a shoot or twig, especially one cut for grafting or planting; a cutting.
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scions
  • 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.
  • Transmission of lytic peptide from transgenic rootstocks to non-transgenic scions was studied.
  • These were scions of disease and insect resistant apples.
  • Crown groove graft allows several scions to be put on at once.
British Dictionary definitions for scions


a descendant, heir, or young member of a family
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 scions

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

Word Origin

Old French cion

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Word Origin and History for scions



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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scions in Science
A detached shoot or twig containing buds from a woody plant, used in grafting.
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