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Cygnus

Noun

1 a constellation in the northern hemisphere between Pegasus and Draco in the Milky Way; contains a black hole
2 a genus of Anatidae [syn: genus Cygnus]

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Translingual

Etymology

cygnus, "swan" < κύκνος (kyknos) "swan"

Proper noun

Cygnus
  1. a taxonomic genus, within subfamily Anserinae - most swans

See also

  • See Wikipedia for species

English

Etymology

cygnus, a "swan" < κύκνος (kyknos) "swan"

Synonyms

Proper noun

Cygnus
  1. : A summer constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a swan. It includes the stars Deneb and Albireo.
  2. : A king of the Ligurians and relative of Phaeton who was tranformed into a swan and placed in the sky as a constellation. Also called Cycnus.

Translations

constellation
  • Czech: Labuť
  • Finnish: Joutsen
  • French: Cygne
  • German: Schwan
  • Polish: Łabędź
  • Russian: Лебедь
  • Slovene: Labod
  • Spanish: Cygnus

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Cygnus is the Latin word for swan, romanized form of the Ancient Greek κύκνος (kyknos) "swan", it may refer to:
Cygnus in German: Cygnus
Cygnus in Estonian: Cygnus
Cygnus in Spanish: Cygnus
Cygnus in French: Cygnus
Cygnus in Italian: Cygnus
Cygnus in Dutch: Cygnus
Cygnus in Japanese: シグナス
Cygnus in Polish: Cygnus
Cygnus in Finnish: Cygnus
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