American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A young swan.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A young swan; specifically, in heraldry, a small swan. Swans, when more than one are borne, are commonly called cygnets, though the representation is exactly the same as that of the swan so called.
- n. The immature young of a swan.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A young swan.
- n. a young swan
- From Middle English cignet, signet, from Anglo-Norman cignet, diminutive of Old French cigne ("swan"), from Latin cygnus, cycnus ("swan"), from Ancient Greek κύκνος (kýknos, "swan"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English cignet, from Anglo-Norman, diminutive of Old French cygne, swan, from Latin cygnus, from Greek kuknos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The couple in the southern end of the lake, raising four brown cygnets, are trying to drive out the other family, which has one cygnet.”
“Unbelievably, the cygnet appeared again, its tiny bill silently grabbing at the air.”
“Despite their efforts, the cygnet was once again able to raise its head above the surface and screech.”
“Carl de Souza/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images The uppers collected a cygnet swan during their trip.”
“Sang Tan/Associated Press Swan uppers released a swan and a cygnet back onto the river at Bray, near Windsor, Monday.”
“Sang Tan/Associated Press A captured cygnet was inspected at Bray.”
“Up to the mid-1800s, swan marking was akin to cow branding: A unique mark, carved into the beak of a newborn cygnet, designated ownership by a specific, chartered family or organization.”
“Alas! my child, why fling thy arms around me, as a snowy cygnet folds its wings about the frail old swan?”
“Now, the young cygnet has grown into an attractive, charismatic and destined-to-be powerful player.”
“Knowing, as she did, things which the cygnet could not even dimly perceive, shetook it upon herself to act as her guide.”
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Words that I like.
Many may be lexicographically impotent due to a lack of citations and definition. Hopefully I'll be able to rectify this eventually.
words that evoke magic, mystery, mayhem, magnificence or anything else that glimmers in the grass
Words that can be pronounced identically but are spelled differently. I've started with unusual or extensive sets. In some of these sets, no one speaker would pronounce them all the same. I've trie...
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