cyg·​net | \ ˈsig-nət How to pronounce cygnet (audio) \

Definition of cygnet

: a young swan

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Recent Examples on the Web The cygnet’s mother passed away Monday night, the Esplanade association announced on Twitter., 2 June 2021 Conservation officers found two trumpeter swans — an adult and a cygnet — with multiple gunshots at Wetzel State Park in Macomb County. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 12 Dec. 2020 Knox said ordinarily, the cygnets remain with the mother and father until the end of the season. Karen Berkowitz,, 5 June 2018 An employee for Knox Swan and Dog discovered the cygnets missing while checking areas for geese Saturday afternoon. Karen Berkowitz,, 5 June 2018 Knox has no doubt the baby swans, called cygnets, were taken by humans rather than killed by natural predators such as coyotes. Karen Berkowitz,, 5 June 2018 The young of both – called cygnets – have grayish bodies and some pink on their bills. Author: Ann Cameron Siegal, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Feb. 2018 Audiences can also watch for the iconic Dance of the Little Swans, with choreography meant to imitate the way cygnets huddle and move together for protection. Nola Community Submission,, 19 May 2017 A young cygnet amongst the eight born only days previous rests on his mother's back on May 5, 2017 in Bradford on Avon, England. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 14 May 2017

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First Known Use of cygnet

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cygnet

Middle English sygnett, from Anglo-French cignet, from cigne swan, from Latin cycnus, cygnus, from Greek kyknos

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5 Jun 2021

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“Cygnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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