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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.
Example sentences from the Web for cygnet
The skeleton was found enveloped in three pieces of papyrus bark, on a small sandy point in Cygnet Bay.
Afterwards she regaled herself with the breast of a cygnet, stuffed with almonds, and stewed with violets and cream.Alroy|Benjamin Disraeli
Upon the Cygnet, lying next to the Mere Honour, and a very noble ship, the mariners began to sing.Sir Mortimer|Mary Johnston
When the Cygnet tied up at Barnegat at noon to-day I was fit as a fiddle.The Bartlett Mystery|Louis Tracy
No natives were seen on any of the islands but there were many large smokes on the horizon at the back of Cygnet Bay.