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scion (SY-ehn) noun

1. An heir or descendant.

2. A shoot or twig of a plant, cut for grafting. Also cion.

[From Old French cion, of unknown origin.]

The joey (or scion) for today's kangaroo word is: son.

"One of the more lively moments at last week's get-together of a group of Iraqi dissidents was when Prince Hassan, Jordan's elder statesman, strode into their London meeting-place. He then embraced a scion of King Feisal, his murdered cousin and the last king of Iraq." A King For Iraq?, The Economist (London), Jul 2, 2002.

"Poetry is indeed something divine. It is at once the centre and circumference of knowledge; it is that which comprehends all science, and that to which all science must be referred. It is at the same time the root and blossom of all other systems of thought; it is that from which all spring, and that which adorns all; and that which, if blighted, denies the fruit and the seed, and withholds from the barren world the nourishment and the succession of the scions of the tree of life." Percy Bysshe Shelley, Defence Of Poetry, (written 1821, published 1840).

This week's theme: kangaroo words, words that have a joey (a smaller word with a similar sense) within them.

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Each man carries within him the soul of a poet who died young. -Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, literary critic (1804-1869)

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