leda and the swan

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Leda and the swan [(lee-duh)]

The subject of a story from classical mythology about the rape of Leda, a queen of Sparta, by Zeus, who had taken the form of a swan. Helen of Troy was conceived in the rape of Leda.

Note: W. B. Yeats wrote a famous poem entitled “Leda and the Swan.”
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