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Alcyone

[al-sahy-uh-nee] /ælˈsaɪ əˌni/
noun
1.
a third-magnitude star in the constellation Taurus: brightest star in the Pleiades.
2.
Also, Halcyon, Halcyone. Classical Mythology. a daughter of Aeolus who, with her husband, Ceyx, was transformed into a kingfisher.
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  • For a long time unknown to himself Alcyone's soft influence had gradually undermined his harsh scepticism.

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
  • One of the medium sized worlds that revolve around Alcyone sustains the shortest lived human beings of our universe.

    Life in a Thousand Worlds William Shuler Harris
  • It was about this time that the artful Countess Olga began once more to drop poisoned words about the court concerning Alcyone.

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
  • Alcyone never raised her head, but bent over her child, whom she carried in her arms.

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
  • The superiority of Alcyone to the others, which is not so clear to the naked eye, becomes very apparent.

    Astronomy with an Opera-glass Garrett Putman Serviss
  • The transformation of Ceyx and Alcyone into sea-gulls gives the poet an opportunity to tell of and praise conjugal fidelity.

    A History of Roman Literature Harold North Fowler
  • The double star 61 Cygni, in fact, is displaced very nearly as much in one year as Alcyone with its train in one hundred.

  • Here Alcyone's gentle unassuming manners, added to her great beauty, made her a universal favourite.

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
  • To the left or east of Alcyone the two most conspicuous stars are Atlas and Pleione.

    Astronomy with an Opera-glass Garrett Putman Serviss
British Dictionary definitions for Alcyone

Alcyone1

/ælˈsaɪənɪ/
noun (Greek myth)
1.
Also called Halcyone. the daughter of Aeolus and wife of Ceyx, who drowned herself in grief for her husband's death. She was transformed into a kingfisher See also Ceyx

Alcyone2

/ælˈsaɪənɪ/
noun
1.
the brightest star system in the Pleiades, located in the constellation Taurus
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