any of a class of folkloric maidens, in many Indo-European and Asian tales, capable of being transformed into swans, as by magic or sorcery.
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How to use swan maiden in a sentence
I hope I have made clear in the last chapter the connection between the various types of the Swan-maiden group of folk-tales.
But in every variant of the Swan-maiden group, to whatsoever type it may belong, the catastrophe is inevitable from the beginning.
Had Liebrecht's theory touched only the Swan-maiden group, it would have been more convenient to discuss it in the last chapter.
In another (Hahn, No. 15) a prince finds in the forbidden fortieth a lake in which fairies of the swan-maiden species are bathing.Russian Fairy Tales | W. R. S. Ralston
If you take a jinni or a swan-maiden you can go from Cairo to Bokhara in less time than our best expresses could cover a mile.The Life of Sir Richard Burton | Thomas Wright
British Dictionary definitions for swan maiden
any of a group of maidens in folklore who by magic are transformed into swans
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