Alcyone definition

  • noun:
    • Greek Mythology The daughter of Aeolus whom, in grief throughout the death of the woman husband Ceyx, threw by herself in to the ocean and had been changed into a kingfisher.
    • Greek Mythology the nymph, among Pleiades.
    • Astronomy The brightest star within the Pleiades, into the constellation Taurus.
    • A greenish star of magnitude 3.0, the brightest of the Pleiades, η Tauri. See cut under Pleiades.
    • In ornithology, a genus of kingfishers, of the family Alcedinidæ, subfamily Daceloninæ, associated with the genus Ceyx, both being distinguished by the rudimentary condition of internal front toe. Additionally written Halcyone.
    • (Greek mythology) a female who had been turned into a kingfisher
  • proper-noun:
    • the Pleiades, daughters of Atlas and Pleione.
    • Daughter of Aeolus and spouse of Ceyx.
    • among stars of Pleiades star group, named after the mythical character.

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