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Cygnus

[sig-nuh s] /ˈsɪg nəs/
noun, genitive Cygni
[sig-nahy] /ˈsɪg naɪ/ (Show IPA).
Astronomy
1.
the Swan, a northern constellation southwest of Draco, containing the bright star Deneb.
Origin of Cygnus
< Latin: swan; see cygnet
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  • Near Vega is another important constellation, known as the Swan or Cygnus.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • Cygnus, who was a poet, celebrated the death of his friend in verse, from whence the fable.

    The Lusiad Lus de Cames
  • McGuire is taking us straight toward Cygnus at two gees and won't stop.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • I was looking at that ring in the constellation of Cygnus, being drawn there with persistence by some irresistible instinct.

    Lumen Camille Flammarion
  • He told her that the Milky Way was at its best these coming months, and that Cygnus would be always visible on clear nights.

    The Wave Algernon Blackwood
  • In 1876 a temporary star appeared in the constellation Cygnus, and attained at one time the brightness of the second magnitude.

    Curiosities of the Sky Garrett Serviss
  • Circles of four degrees radius include respectively seven in Argo, eight in Cygnus.

  • The central nucleus he locates in the rich Galactic region of Cygnus, with the sun well outside the nucleus itself.

    Astronomy David Todd
British Dictionary definitions for Cygnus

Cygnus

/ˈsɪɡnəs/
noun (Latin genitive) Cygni (ˈsɪɡnaɪ)
1.
a constellation in the N hemisphere lying between Pegasus and Draco in the Milky Way. The constellation contains the Cygnus Loop supernova remnant, the intense radio galaxy Cygnus A, and the intense galactic X-ray source Cygnus X–1, which is probably a black hole
Word Origin
Latin: swan; see cygnet
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Cygnus in Science
Cygnus
  (sĭg'nəs)   
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Cepheus and Lyra. Cygnus (the Swan, or the Northern Cross) contains the bright star Deneb.
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