[ sahy-uhn ]
/ ˈsaɪ ən /
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a descendant.
Also ci·on . a shoot or twig, especially one cut for grafting or planting; a cutting.



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Origin of scion

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English: “shoot, twig” <Old French cion, from Frankish kī- (unattested); (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
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British Dictionary definitions for scion

/ (ˈsaɪən) /


a descendant, heir, or young member of a family
a shoot or twig of a plant used to form a graft

Word Origin for scion

C14: from Old French cion, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German chīnan to sprout
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Scientific definitions for scion

[ sīən ]

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