Swan

Definition of Swan

Pronunciation: swǒn
n.1.(Zool.) Any one of numerous species of large aquatic birds belonging to Cygnus, Olor, and allied genera of the subfamily Cygninæ. They have a large and strong beak and a long neck, and are noted for their graceful movements when swimming. Most of the northern species are white. In literature the swan was fabled to sing a melodious song, especially at the time of its death.
2.Fig.: An appellation for a sweet singer, or a poet noted for grace and melody; as Shakespeare is called the swan of Avon.
3.(Astron.) The constellation Cygnus.
Swan goose
(Zool.) a bird of India (Cygnopsis cygnoides) resembling both the swan and the goose.
Swan shot
a large size of shot used in fowling.

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