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scion

Syllabification: sci·on
Pronunciation: /ˈsīən
 
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Definition of scion in English:

noun

1 (also cion) A young shoot or twig of a plant, especially one cut for grafting or rooting.
Example sentences
  • Rose Wilt was long thought to be a suspected viral disease caused by grafting scions onto imported root stocks from the U.K., Canada and Australia.
  • To get the best two-tone look, graft several scions randomly around the plant.
  • In roses, their spread is chiefly caused by grafting infected scions, buds and/or root stocks.
Synonyms
shoot, offshoot, twig
2A descendant of a notable family: he was the scion of a wealthy family
More example sentences
  • He has been identified, or at least in the eyes of his critics, as the scion of important political family, one in which he's had to do very little on his own to be successful.
  • The scion of a courtier family with wealthy estates in Buckinghamshire and Yorkshire, he received a gentleman's education at Oxford and the Inns of Court, before embarking on the Grand Tour of Europe.
  • John was the scion of a family that thrived on back-stabbing.
Synonyms
heir, successor;
child, offspring;
Law issue

Origin

Middle English: from Old French ciun 'shoot, twig', of unknown origin.

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