One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A young swan.
- ‘The three cygnets are now well developed and in the fall when their feathers grow, they will rise in flight from the lake waters.’
- ‘After hatching, parents led the cygnets to feeding grounds on lawns surrounding the lake or shallow water close to the shore.’
- ‘Congratulations and well done to the two English anglers who were fishing on Gills Pond recently and rescued a young cygnet that was in trouble.’
- ‘The two swans and their family of three cygnets on Lough Talt this summer proved a big attraction with tourists pulling up along the shore to admire these graceful birds.’
- ‘The added danger from predators in the river has led to the cygnets being killed by foxes each year.’
- ‘The two swans have brought seven cygnets into the world.’
- ‘The swans had three healthy cygnets that will leave the lake next year.’
- ‘The two swans and their four cygnets became covered in oil after the dredgers dug the substance up from the canal bed.’
- ‘The beautiful pair were placed together at a wildlife site at Cheadle Royal Business Park in the hope they would mate and produce cygnets.’
- ‘The mother had lived on the river for eight years and had hatched three cygnets this spring.’
- ‘When the eggs hatched, the mother swan paraded with her six grey cygnets in the bay in front of our house.’
- ‘We have a breeding pair of swans on North Bradley lake and for the last two years all of their cygnets have been taken by foxes.’
- ‘Father, mother and two cygnets were released back on to the lower lake at The Lawns in December.’
- ‘On Friday the fully recovered male swan was reunited with his brood of five cygnets on the River Kennet.’
- ‘A crack appeared, growing slowly until a pink beak and then a wet, silvery-grey head emerged - a trumpeter swan cygnet.’
- ‘They saw an injured female swan and wondered why the male was not protecting its cygnets.’
- ‘Goslings graze with their parents out of the water whereas swans teach cygnets in the water to be aquatic feeders.’
- ‘Six mute swans and cygnets and three foxes were found dead close to one another in Kilcoole some days ago.’
- ‘I was annoyed to see whilst riding along the towpath on the way back into town that the swans have lost one of the cygnets in the past couple of days.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French cignet, diminutive of Old French cigne ‘swan’, based on Latin cycnus, from Greek kuknos.
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