from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Lacerta and Lyra, containing the star Deneb. Also called Northern Cross, Swan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Anserinae — swans.
  • proper n. : 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.
  • proper n. : A king of the Ligurians and relative of Phaeton who was transformed into a swan and placed in the sky as a constellation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A constellation of the northern hemisphere east of, or following, Lyra; the Swan.

from The 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.
  • n. An ancient northern constellation representing a bird called a swan by Ovid and others, and now always so considered.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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; see cygnet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin cygnus ("swan"), from Ancient Greek κύκνος (kyknos, "swan") (Wiktionary)
Latin cygnus ("swan"), from Ancient Greek κύκνος (kyknos, "swan") (Wiktionary)


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  • The 1979 original focused on a ship on a deep space mission and its encounter with a lost vessel called the Cygnus, home to a lone scientist in charge of an army of robots (including the hulking red killer Maximilian) who turn out to be the ship's missing crew.

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  • Little ones, the kind that form when a single star collapses, have indeed been found: in 1974, British cosmologist Stephen Hawking bet physicist Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology a one-year subscription to Penthouse that the collapsed star called Cygnus X-1 would not turn out to be a black hole.

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  • To any space scientist the Cygnus was a dream fulfilled.

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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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  • Normal piloting rolls can be made to land the characters 'ship on the Cygnus, which is massive.


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