Pleiades

[ plee-uh-deez, plahy- ]

plural noun
  1. Classical Mythology. seven daughters of Atlas and half sisters of the Hyades, placed among the stars to save them from the pursuit of Orion. One of them (the Lost Pleiad ) hides, either from grief or shame.

  2. Astronomy. a conspicuous group or cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus, commonly spoken of as seven, though only six are visible.

Origin of Pleiades

1
1350–1400; Middle English Pliades<Latin Plīades<Greek Pleíades (singular Pleías); akin to pleîn to sail

Words Nearby Pleiades

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How to use Pleiades in a sentence

  • Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades (Kīmah), or loose the bands of Orion?

    The Astronomy of the Bible | E. Walter Maunder
  • This season being marked by the acronical rising of the Pleiades, that group has become associated with such observances.

    The Astronomy of the Bible | E. Walter Maunder

British Dictionary definitions for Pleiades (1 of 2)

Pleiades1

/ (ˈplaɪəˌdiːz) /


pl n
  1. Greek myth the seven daughters of Atlas, placed as stars in the sky either to save them from the pursuit of Orion or, in another account, after they had killed themselves for grief over the death of their half-sisters the Hyades

British Dictionary definitions for Pleiades (2 of 2)

Pleiades2

/ (ˈplaɪəˌdiːz) /


pl n
  1. a young conspicuous open star cluster approximately 370 light years away in the constellation Taurus, containing several thousand stars only six or seven of which are visible to the naked eye: Compare Hyades 1

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Scientific definitions for Pleiades

Pleiades

[ plēə-dēz′ ]


  1. A loose collection of several hundred stars in the constellation Taurus, at least six of which are visible to the unaided eye.

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