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Alcyone

[al-sahy-uh-nee] /ælˈsaɪ əˌni/
noun
1.
a third-magnitude star in the constellation Taurus: brightest star in the Pleiades.
2.
Also, Halcyon, Halcyone. Classical Mythology. a daughter of Aeolus who, with her husband, Ceyx, was transformed into a kingfisher.
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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.

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
  • 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

Alcyone1

/ælˈsaɪənɪ/
noun (Greek myth)
1.
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

Alcyone2

/ælˈsaɪənɪ/
noun
1.
the brightest star system in the Pleiades, located in the constellation Taurus
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