Scions of a pussy willow tree.
An example of a scion is what a gardener uses to graft one rose species to another.
- a shoot or bud of a plant, esp. one for planting or grafting
- a descendant; offspring
Origin of scionMiddle English sioun, ciun ; from Old French cion, earlier chion ; from Germanic an unverified form kijan-, to sprout ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ?ei-, ??- from source Old High German ch?nan, to sprout, Old English kith, sprig
- A descendant or heir, especially of a wealthy or prominent family: scion of the ruling dynasty.
- Botany A detached shoot or bud from a plant that is joined to a rootstock in grafting.
Origin of scionMiddle English, from Old French cion, possibly of Germanic origin.