a young swan.

1400–50; late Middle English signet < Latin cygnus, variant of cycnus < Greek kýknos swan; see -et Unabridged
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cygnet (ˈsɪɡnɪt)
a young swan
[C15 sygnett, from Old French cygne swan, from Latin cygnus, from Greek kuknos]

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1400, from Anglo-Fr., dim. of O.Fr. cigne "swan," from L. cygnus, from Gk. kyknos.
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What you may have witnessed is the parents attempting to protect a cygnet.
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