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

Definition of cygnet

: a young swan

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Recent Examples on the Web To me, the highlight was a pristine marsh brimming with relatively uncommon birds, including black terns, colorful redhead ducks, and a pair of trumpeter swan parents swimming alongside their fuzzy gray cygnet. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 At one point, about three-quarters of the way into the journey to the river, Amato noticed the cygnet becoming tired., 23 June 2021 The annual count of the swan population, known as Swan Upping, began at Eton Bridge in Windsor, west of London, and is conducted each year to tally swans, and in particular their cygnet offspring, claimed by the British monarch. Urooba Jamal, Star Tribune, 20 July 2021 After days of improving condition, plans were made for returning the cygnet to its home in the Storrow Lagoon., 18 June 2021 The hospital will work with a rehabilitation organization to care for the cygnet and will return it to the esplanade when it is healed., 2 June 2021 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 See More

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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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“Cygnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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