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

  • n. Greek Mythology The daughter of Aeolus who, in grief over the death of her husband Ceyx, threw herself into the sea and was changed into a kingfisher.
  • n. Greek Mythology A nymph, one of the Pleiades.
  • n. Astronomy The brightest star in the Pleiades, in the constellation Taurus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. One of the Pleiades, daughters of Atlas and Pleione.
  • proper n. Daughter of Aeolus and wife of Ceyx.
  • proper n. One of the stars of the Pleiades star cluster, named after the mythical character.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A greenish star of magnitude 3.0, the brightest of the Pleiades, η Tauri. See cut under Pleiades.
  • n. In ornithology, a genus of kingfishers, of the family Alcedinidæ, subfamily Daceloninæ, related to the genus Ceyx, both being distinguished by the rudimentary condition of the inner front toe. Also written Halcyone.

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

  • n. (Greek mythology) a woman who was turned into a kingfisher


Latin, from Greek Alkuonē, from alkuōn, kingfisher.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin Alcyone, from Ancient Greek Ἀλκυόνη (Alkuonē). (Wiktionary)



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