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1. Greek Mythology The seven daughters of Atlas (Maia, Electra, Celaeno, Taygeta, Merope, Alcyone, and Sterope), who were metamorphosed into stars.
2. An open star cluster in the constellation Taurus, consisting of several hundred stars, of which six are visible to the naked eye and located approximately 430 light years from Earth.
[Middle English Pliades, from Latin Plēïades, from Greek Plēiades.]
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the seven daughters of Atlas, placed as stars in the sky either to save them from the pursuit of Orion or, in another account, after they had killed themselves for grief over the death of their half-sisters the Hyades
(Celestial Objects) a young conspicuous open star cluster approximately 370 light years away in the constellation Taurus, containing several thousand stars only six or seven of which are visible to the naked eye. Compare Hyades1
Ple•ia•des(ˈpli əˌdiz, ˈplaɪ-)
1. (in Greek myth) seven daughters of Atlas placed among the stars by the gods to save them from the pursuit of Orion.
2. a conspicuous group of stars in the constellation Taurus, commonly spoken of as seven, though only six are visible.
[1350–1400; Middle English Pliades < Latin Plīades < Greek Pleíades (singular Pleías)]
A loose collection of several hundred stars in the constellation Taurus, at least six of which are visible to the unaided eye.
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|Noun||1.||Pleiades - (Greek mythology) 7 daughters of Atlas and half-sisters of the Hyades; placed among the stars to save them from the pursuit of Orion|
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
nymph - (classical mythology) a minor nature goddess usually depicted as a beautiful maiden; "the ancient Greeks believed that nymphs inhabited forests and bodies of water"
|2.||Pleiades - a star cluster in the constellation Taurus|
Taurus - a zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere near Orion; between Aries and Gemini