Definitions

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

  • n.pl. Greek Mythology The five daughters of Atlas and sisters of the Pleiades, placed by Zeus among the stars.
  • n.pl. A cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus, the five brightest of which form a V, supposed by ancient astronomers to indicate rain when they rose with the sun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Daughters of the Titan Atlas and sisters of the Pleiades.
  • proper n. An open cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus, and the nearest visible such cluster to Earth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The seven daughters of Atlas and half-sisters of the Pleiades; they nurtured the infant Dionysus and Zeus placed them among the stars as a reward.
  • n.pl. A cluster of five stars in the face of the constellation Taurus, supposed by the ancients to indicate the coming of rainy weather when they rose with the sun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In astronomy, a group of about seven stars, of which the principal is Aldebaran, in the head of the Bull, supposed by the ancients to indicate the approach of rainy weather when they rose with the sun.
  • In entomology, a genus of lepidopterous insects.

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

  • n. (Greek mythology) 7 daughters of Atlas and half-sisters of the Pleiades; they nurtured the infant Dionysus and Zeus placed them among the stars as a reward

Etymologies

Latin, from Greek Huades, probably from hūs, pig; see sū- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The 1919 eclipse was exceptionally long compared to most solar eclipses—more than five minutes—and it was a rare event because late May is the time when the sun passes through the constellation of Taurus crossing what is known as the Hyades, a rich concentration of very bright stars.

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  • A "V" shaped group known as the Hyades is just to the southeast of the Pleiades, in the face of the Bull, forming one of the most beautiful objects in the sky.

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  • Pleiades already referred to, and another more scattered group known as the Hyades, which can be discovered near Aldebaran.

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  • This group of stars called the "Hyades" and ancient stories say these stars are the five daughters of Atlas.

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  • If you look at the Hyades with binoculars, you'll discover that many of the stars form angular pairs, like a giant domino game in the sky!

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  • In front of him, the beautiful cluster of the Hyades marked the head of Taurus, whose red eye, the fiery Aldebaran, glowed balefully.

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  • While in the centre of the shield the sun's bright orb flashed light on the backs of his winged coursers; there too was the heavenly choir of stars, Pleiades and Hyades, to dazzle Hector's eyes and make him flee; and upon his gold-forged helm were sphinxes, bearing in their talons the prey of which the minstrels sing; on his breast-plate was lioness breathing flame, her eye upon Peirene's steed, in eagerness to rend it.

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  • When those measurements were done within more years/7, during Outumn exuinoxes was cosmic ray source visible to be near Castor and Polux/constellation Gemini,..during spring equinoxes at Aldebaran-Hyades,paralaxa of X.. ,…hamops1.szm.sk,…and other over there mentioned webs Those two areas, where are cosmic rays coming from is close to plane of ecliptic!

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  • Out from the Hyades sped his hunters, and from Mintaka, and Saiph and Aldebaran, grim ships of war sped headlong between the stars in vengeful search for the small and secret ship that had dared violate their domain.

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  • But Zeus made them (the sisters of Hyas) into the stars which are called Hyades.

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