Word of the Day: Scion


sci-on / -ən


1. a descendant, child, offspring or heir, particularly one in a wealthy or eminent family

He was a young prince, the scion of a proud house that traced its lineage back to the grand old days of Rome well nigh two thousand years ago.

From “The Innocents Abroad” by Mark Twain, pen name of Samuel L. Clemens, 1835 – 1910

2. a detached shoot or branch from a plant that will be grafted to the stock of another plant

The scion should have two or three buds with the graft made below the bottom bud.

Ferenc Sandor, “Vegetative Propagation Techniques”, Publication No. 2007-003-AFG, November 18, 2007