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Cygnus

[sig-nuh s]
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noun, genitive Cyg·ni [sig-nahy] /ˈsɪg naɪ/. Astronomy.
  1. the Swan, a northern constellation southwest of Draco, containing the bright star Deneb.

Origin of Cygnus

< Latin: swan; see cygnet
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Examples from the Web for cygni

Historical Examples

  • Stellar parallax was first securely detected in 1838, by Bessel, for 61 Cygni.

    Pioneers of Science

    Oliver Lodge

  • The two nearest fixed stars are Alpha Centauri and 61 Cygni.

  • Latitude by observation a Cygni 14 degrees 51 minutes 37 seconds.

  • One star, known as 61 Cygni, was then and is now rushing along at the rate of 100 miles every second.

  • Alpha Centauri, then, is four and one-third light-years distant, and 61 Cygni seven and one-fifth light-years away.

    Astronomy

    David Todd


British Dictionary definitions for cygni

Cygnus

noun Latin genitive Cygni (ˈsɪɡnaɪ)
  1. a constellation in the N hemisphere lying between Pegasus and Draco in the Milky Way. The constellation contains the Cygnus Loop supernova remnant, the intense radio galaxy Cygnus A, and the intense galactic X-ray source Cygnus X–1, which is probably a black hole

Word Origin

Latin: swan; see cygnet
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cygni in Science

Cygnus

[sĭgnəs]
  1. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Cepheus and Lyra. Cygnus (the Swan, or the Northern Cross) contains the bright star Deneb.
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