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1. Greek Mythology The daughter of Aeolus who, in grief over the death of her husband Ceyx, threw herself into the sea and was changed into a kingfisher.
2. Greek Mythology A nymph, one of the Pleiades.
3. Astronomy The brightest star in the Pleiades.
[Latin, from Greek Alkuonē, from alkuōn, kingfisher.]
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Also called: Halcyone the daughter of Aeolus and wife of Ceyx, who drowned herself in grief for her husband's death. She was transformed into a kingfisher. See also Ceyx
(Astronomy) the brightest star system in the Pleiades, located in the constellation Taurus
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a third-magnitude star in the constellation Taurus: brightest star in the Pleiades.
[< Greek Alkyónē; compare halcyon]
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