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Saturday, October 25, 2014

cygnet

\SIG-nit\ , noun;
1.
a young swan.
Quotes:
...I'll believe in your relationship when the crow's egg is hatched into a cygnet.
-- Sir Walter Scott, Kenilworth, 1821
How to turn from a cygnet into a swan on their dreadful food, all meat pies and sausages!
-- Anna Maxted, Rich Again, 2009
Origin:
Cygnet is derived from the Greek word kýknos meaning "swan." The noun suffix -et implies a diminutive force, as in the word islet.
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