from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A descendant, especially a first-generation descendant.
  • n. A detached shoot or twig containing buds from a woody plant, used in grafting; a shoot or twig in a general sense.
  • n. The heir to a throne.
  • n. A guardian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A shoot or sprout of a plant; a sucker.
  • n. A piece of a slender branch or twig cut for grafting.
  • n. Hence, a descendant; an heir.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shoot or twig, especially one cut for the purpose of being grafted upon some other tree, or for planting.
  • n. Hence A descendant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a descendent or heir


Middle English, from Old French cion, possibly of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cion, ciun, cyon, sion; cognate with French scion and Picard chion. (Wiktionary)



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    April 26, 2008

  • "I frequently pluck wild apples of so rich and spicy a flavor that I wonder all orchardists do not get a scion from that tree, and I fail not to bring home my pockets full. But perchance, when I take one out of my desk and taste it in my chamber I find it unexpectedly crude,--sour enough to set a squirrel's teeth on edge and make a jay scream." - 'Wild Apples', Henry David Thoreau.

    December 14, 2007

  • Busted.

    October 10, 2007

  • Possibly. Were you one of those skinny boys who glowed white? ;)

    October 10, 2007

  • I first heard it in some church service or another.

    October 9, 2007

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    October 9, 2007

  • Sometimes the wrong pronunciation just sounds better, though. :-)

    October 9, 2007

  • I always pronounced this wrong when reading "The Scions of Shannara", until I said it out loud and my father laughed at me.

    October 9, 2007