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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

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




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