|1.||any large aquatic bird of the genera Cygnus and Coscoroba, having a long neck and usually a white plumage: family Anatidae, order Anseriformes|
|a. a poet|
|b. (capital when part of a title or epithet): the Swan of Avon |
|—vb , swans, swanning, swanned|
|3.||informal (intr; |
|[Old English; related to Old Norse svanr, Middle Low German swōn]|
mentioned in the list of unclean birds (Lev. 11:18; Deut. 14:16), is sometimes met with in the Jordan and the Sea of Galilee.