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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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.


    David Todd

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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for alcyone


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 kingfisherSee also Ceyx


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