Origin of cygnet
Words nearby cygnet
What does cygnet mean?
A cygnet is a young swan.
Example: The ugly duckling in the fairy tale was actually a cygnet—ducklings don’t turn into swans, you know.
Where does cygnet come from?
The first records of the word cygnet come from the 1400s. It comes from the Latin cygnus, from the Greek kýknos, meaning “swan.” This Latin root serves as the genus name for swans, as well as the name of the swan-shaped constellation Cygnus. The ending -et is used in nouns to indicate smallness. It’s used in the names of other young birds, as well, such as in eaglet (a young eagle) and owlet (a young owl). Baby swans can be called swanlings, but that term is very rare compared to cygnet.
People who don’t know their birds might see a cygnet and casually call it a duckling. But swans are not ducks—they’re much bigger than most ducks, and cygnets are often a bit larger than ducklings. Cygnets reach adulthood after about one year.
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What are some synonyms for cygnet?
- young swan
What are some words that share a root or word element with cygnet?
What are some words that often get used in discussing cygnet?
- mute swan
- trumpeter swan
- tundra swan
- whistling swan
- whooper swan
- water bird
What are some words cygnet may be commonly confused with?
How is cygnet used in real life?
Cygnet as a technical name for a young swan isn’t as well known as words like duckling or gosling, so it’s most often used by people who know a little about birds.
Swan with cygnet on the lake. pic.twitter.com/crJM79mf2Y
— Hoveton Hall Estate (@HovetonHall) May 16, 2020
Mummy and Daddy Swan have babies! Hatched yesterday, on the river visiting and showing off the bevy when I got in today. 6 glorious little fluff pots of cygnet gorgeousness… pic.twitter.com/3wAosbBrqs
— Plaingoldband (@plaingoldband) May 16, 2020
Look mummy, my wings are huge! 😁
I took this Cygnet photo 14 years ago, & it's still one of the most popular shots I've ever taken! 😊
It was even sold as a Mother's Day card in John Lewis stores nationwide.
#TwitterNatureCommunity 🐦 pic.twitter.com/ahsAyp6KaU
— Carl Bovis (@CarlBovisNature) May 12, 2020
Try using cygnet!
True or False?
A cygnet is the same thing as a duckling.
How to use cygnet in a sentence
No natives were seen on any of the islands but there were many large smokes on the horizon at the back of Cygnet Bay.
A specimen of the soil of the hills at Cygnet Bay, consists of very fine reddish-yellow quartzose sand.
The bowline is also shown in the drawing of the 'Cygnet,' 35 tons, in a following chapter on Thames Clubs.Yachting Vol. 2|Various.
The keeper receives a small sum for every cygnet that is reared; and it is his duty to see that the nest is not disturbed.The Nursery, July 1881, Vol. XXX|Various
At last the Cygnet hoisted Dutch colours, hoping to allure them nearer, but they pulled away, and were soon out of sight.Notable Voyagers|W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith