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[al-sahy-uh-nee] /ælˈsaɪ əˌni/
a third-magnitude star in the constellation Taurus: brightest star in the Pleiades.
Also, Halcyon, Halcyone. Classical Mythology. a daughter of Aeolus who, with her husband, Ceyx, was transformed into a kingfisher. Unabridged
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  • One of the medium sized worlds that revolve around Alcyone sustains the shortest lived human beings of our universe.

    Life in a Thousand Worlds

    William Shuler Harris
  • As for a central sun hypothesis, that pointing out Alcyone in particular, there is no reliable evidence whatever.

    Astronomy David Todd
  • The transformation of Ceyx and Alcyone into sea-gulls gives the poet an opportunity to tell of and praise conjugal fidelity.

    A History of Roman Literature

    Harold North Fowler
  • Alcyone, the daughter of olus, married Ceyx, who was drowned as he was going to Claros to consult an oracle.

  • Alcyone never raised her head, but bent over her child, whom she carried in her arms.

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
  • Here Alcyone's gentle unassuming manners, added to her great beauty, made her a universal favourite.

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
  • It is true that it was totally against her own wish that Alcyone took so active a part in the gay world.

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
  • It was about this time that the artful Countess Olga began once more to drop poisoned words about the court concerning Alcyone.

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  • Alcyone from the first disliked the idea of the ball, and all the rampant merriment connected with it.

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for Alcyone


noun (Greek myth)
Also called Halcyone. the daughter of Aeolus and wife of Ceyx, who drowned herself in grief for her husband's death. She was transformed into a kingfisher See also Ceyx


the brightest star system in the Pleiades, located in the constellation Taurus
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