American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Lacerta and Lyra, containing the star Deneb. Also called Northern Cross, Swan.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of the subfamily Cygninæ, formerly conterminous with it, but now including all the white swans, or even restricted to those which have a tubercle on the bill, as the mute swan of Europe, Cygnus olor. C. musicus is the European whooping swan, or hooper. It belongs to the subgenus Olor, as do the two American swans, the whistler, Cygnus (Olor) columbianus, and the trumpeter, Cygnus (Olor) buccinator. See
- n. An ancient northern constellation representing a bird called a swan by Ovid and others, and now always so considered.
- n. A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Anserinae — swans.
- n. astronomy : A summer constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a swan. It includes the triple star system HD 188753 and the stars Deneb and Albireo.
- n. Greek mythology : A king of the Ligurians and relative of Phaeton who was transformed into a swan and placed in the sky as a constellation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Astron.) A constellation of the northern hemisphere east of, or following, Lyra; the Swan.
- n. a genus of Anatidae
- n. a constellation in the northern hemisphere between Pegasus and Draco in the Milky Way; contains a black hole
- Latin cygnus ("swan"), from Ancient Greek κύκνος (kyknos, "swan") (Wiktionary)
- Latin cygnus, swan; see cygnet. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Recently, light left by passing cosmic rays has been tracked back to a hollow space in a nebula called Cygnus X where many new stars are born, reports a study published in Science.”
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