swan maiden

noun
  1. 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.

Origin of swan maiden

First recorded in 1865–70
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swan maiden

noun
  1. any of a group of maidens in folklore who by magic are transformed into swans
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