- Astronomy. a group of stars comprising a moving cluster in the constellation Taurus, supposed by the ancients to indicate the approach of rain when they rose with the sun.
- Classical Mythology. a group of nymphs and sisters of the Pleiades who nurtured the infant Dionysus and were placed among the stars as a reward.
Origin of Hyades
Examples from the Web for hyades
Songs that the Hyades shall sing, Where flap the tatters of the King, Must die unheard in Dim Carcosa.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Spenser's term for the Hyades, a group of seven stars in the head of the Bull.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Another naked-eye double is formed by θ1 and θ2, in the Hyades.Pleasures of the telescope
Both the Pleiades and the Hyades are celestial constellations.1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described
Edward S. Ellis
He was peculiarly named Hues, and his priests were the Hyades and Hyautes.Ophiolatreia
With Aldebaran rises the beautiful V-shaped group of the Hyades.Astronomy with an Opera-glass
Garrett Putman Serviss
- an open cluster of stars in the constellation TaurusCompare Pleiades 1
- Greek myth seven nymphs, daughters of Atlas, whom Zeus placed among the stars after death
Word Origin and History for hyades
star cluster in constellation Taurus, late 14c., from Greek Hyades, popularly explained as "rain-bringers" (from hyein "to rain"), because wet weather supposedly began coincidentally with their heliacal rising, but in fact probably from hys "swine" (the popular Latin word for them was Suculae "little pigs"). Grimm ("Teutonic Mythology") lists the Anglo-Saxon glosses of Hyades as Raedgastran, Raedgasnan, Redgaesrum.