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.
Fig.: An appellation for a sweet singer, or a poet noted for grace and melody; as Shakespeare is called the swan of Avon.
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
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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