- Gr. Myth. a king of the Ligurians who is changed into a swan
- a N constellation in the Milky Way near Lyra, containing the bright star Deneb; the Northern Cross; the Cross; the Swan
Origin of CygnusClassical Latin from cygnus or cycnus, swan from Classical Greek kyknos: see cygnet
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Lacerta and Lyra, containing the star Deneb. Also called Northern Cross . Also called Swan .
Origin of CygnusLatin cygnus swan ; see cygnet .
Latin cygnus (“swan”), from Ancient Greek κύκνος (kyknos, “swan”)