cygnet

[sig-nit]

Origin of cygnet

1400–50; late Middle English signet < Latin cygnus, variant of cycnus < Greek kýknos swan; see -et
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cygnet

noun
  1. a young swan

Word Origin for cygnet

C15 sygnett, from Old French cygne swan, from Latin cygnus, from Greek kuknos
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Word Origin and History for cygnet
n.

c.1400, also signet before 17c., from Anglo-French, diminutive of Old French cigne, cisne "swan" (12c., Modern French cygne), from Latin cygnus, from Greek kyknos, perhaps from PIE *keuk- "to be white."

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