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swan maiden

noun
1.
any of a class of folkloric maidens, in many Indo-European and Asian tales, capable of being transformed into swans, as by magic or sorcery.
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1865-1870
1865-70
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swan maiden

noun
1.
any of a group of maidens in folklore who by magic are transformed into swans
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