sci·on, hec·a·tomb, Jay·em·dae

Posted in Feature on April 26, 2002

By Wizards of the Coast

sci·on

Yavimaya Scion

From Merriam-Webster Online:
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French cion, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German chInan to sprout, split open, Old English cInan to gape
Date: 13th century
1 : a detached living portion of a plant joined to a stock in grafting and usually supplying solely aerial parts to a graft
2 : descendant; child

hec·a·tomb

Hecatomb

From Merriam-Webster Online:
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin hecatombe, from Greek hekatombE, from hekaton hundred + -bE; akin to Greek bous cow
Date: circa 1592
1 : an ancient Greek and Roman sacrifice of 100 oxen or cattle
2 : the sacrifice or slaughter of many victims

Jay·em·dae

Jayemdae Tome

From Rei Nakazawa, Magic creative text writer:
Function: proper noun
Etymology: Mike Davis is a long-time friend of Richard Garfield, and he helped Richard pitch the game RoboRally to Wizards of the Coast -- the fateful meeting that marked the beginning of Magic: The Gathering. Mike joined WotC along with Richard, and served as the head of R&D for a while. His full name is James Michael Davis, and his initials "JMD" are the foundation of the name "Jayemdae."

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