cygnet

[sig-nit]
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noun

a young swan.

Nearby words

  1. cyder,
  2. cydnus,
  3. cyesis,
  4. cyetic,
  5. cyf,
  6. cygnus,
  7. cygnus a,
  8. cygnus x-1,
  9. cyke,
  10. cyl.

Origin of cygnet

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

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British Dictionary definitions for cygnet

cygnet

noun

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

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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