- a descendant.
- Also cion. a shoot or twig, especially one cut for grafting or planting; a cutting.
- a descendant, heir, or young member of a family
- a shoot or twig of a plant used to form a graft
n.c.1300, “a shoot or twig,” especially one for grafting, from Old French sion, cion “descendant; shoot, twig; offspring” (12c., Modern French scion, Picard chion), of uncertain origin. OED rejects derivation from Old French scier “to saw.” Perhaps a diminutive from Frankish *kid-, from Proto-Germanic *kidon-, from PIE *geie- “to sprout, split, open” (see chink (n.1)). Figurative use is attested from 1580s in English; meaning “an heir, a descendant” is from 1814, from the “family tree” image.
- A detached shoot or twig containing buds from a woody plant, used in grafting.