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Definition of Swan

Swan

  1. Any one of numerous species of large aquatic birds belonging to Cygnus, Olor, and allied genera of the subfamily Cygninae. They have a large and strong beak and a long neck, and are noted for their graceful movements when swimming. Most of the northern species are white. In literature the swan was fabled to sing a melodious song, especially at the time of its death.
  2. Fig.: An appellation for a sweet singer, or a poet noted for grace and melody; as Shakespeare is called the swan of Avon.
  3. The constellation Cygnus.

Swan Quotations

Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan's egg.
Hans Christian Andersen

'Swan Lake' is the most difficult thing to portray for a female ballet dancer; it really requires such specific qualities of articulation, agility, strength, and the arm work is something that takes a lot of training.
Benjamin Millepied

I've developed into quite a swan. I'm one of those people that will probably look better and better as I get older until I drop dead of beauty.
Rufus Wainwright

I had seen the ballet of 'Swan Lake' as a child but it was as an adult, when I saw a production featuring Erik Bruhn, that I first noticed how significant a part the ever-present threat of violence played. This juxtaposition of great beauty and grace with a backdrop of pure evil stayed with me for years.
Walter Dean Myers

Now, if you notice how the swan, putting its neck down into the deep water, brings up food for itself from below, then you will discover the wisdom of the Creator, in that He gave it a neck longer than its feet for this reason, that it might, as if lowering a sort of fishing line, procure the food hidden in the deep water.
Saint Basil
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Swan Translations

swan in Danish is svane
swan in Dutch is zwaan
swan in Finnish is joutsen
swan in French is cygne
swan in German is Schwan, Schwans, Schwan
swan in Italian is cigno
swan in Portuguese is cisne
swan in Spanish is cisne
swan in Swedish is svan
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