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Etymology

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] cygnus (swan) + -ine

Adjective

cygnine

  1. (zoology) Being of the genus Cygnus (swan), within subfamily Anserinae of the family Anatidae, though sometimes considered a distinct subfamily, Cygninae.
    • 1901, Elliott Coues, On the Classification of Water Birds, "Publications of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia": 53: 193-218, p216, footnote
      The genus Choristopus, Eyton, apparently Anserine rather than Cygnine, is said to possess this character []
  2. Of, concerning, pertaining to, resembling, or having the characteristics of a swan or swans.
    • 1848, Edmund Saul Dixon, Ornamental and Domestic Poultry, page 20
      But, in the cutting of it, if thou dost shed / One drop of cygnine blood, thy clumsiness...
    • 1949, G. L. Hendrickson, Classical Philology, Vol. 44, No. 1, page 30 alternate
      ...scarcely a translator can be found who conveys any other impression than that Horace becomes a swan before our eyes. One almost wonders in what cygnine dialect the rest of the poem was spoken.
  3. (dated) An alkaloid from gastrolobium calycinium, the 'York Road' poison plant; a convulsant poison, C12H22O3N2.

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