What is swan?

  • (noun): Stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult.
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Swans, genus Cygnus, are birds of the family Anatidae, which also includes geese and ducks. Swans are grouped with the closely related geese in the subfamily Anserinae where they form the tribe Cygnini. Sometimes, they are considered a distinct subfamily, Cygninae. There are six or seven species of swan in the genus Cygnus; in addition there is another species known as the Coscoroba Swan, although this species is no longer considered one of the true swans. Swans usually mate for life, though 'divorce' does sometimes occur, particularly following nesting failure. The number of eggs in each clutch ranges from three to eight.

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Thomas Walter Swan
... Thomas Walter Swan (December 20, 1877 – July 13, 1975) was a longtime Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ... Swan was born and raised in Connecticut, and attended Yale University and Harvard Law School ... In 1926, President Calvin Coolidge nominated Swan to be a Judge of the Second Circuit ...
Swan, Texas
... Swan is an unincorporated community in east central Smith County, Texas, United States ... According to the Handbook of Texas, in "...1892 Swan had a population of 200, ten fruit growers, a blacksmith, a carpenter, two doctors, a railroad agent, three schoolteachers, three cotton gins, a general ... Swan is currently home to a long-standing popular motorcross track ...
Swan Neck Duct
... A swan neck duct is a jet engine component, usually situated within the compression or turbine expansion system ... shape of the resulting passageway is often similar to that of a swan or goose neck ... Consequently, such a passageway is called a swan (or goose) neck duct ...
Swan View, Western Australia - Transport
... The railway station of Swan View was the important control point for traffic through and around the Swan View Tunnel until it closed for traffic on 13 February 1966 ... Today, Swan View is served by Transperth buses from Midland, operated by the Public Transport Authority, while the Transwa Avonlink/Prospector railway line to Northam and beyond runs along Swan View's western edge ...

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  • (verb): Sweep majestically.
    Example: "Airplanes were swanning over the mountains"

Famous quotes containing the word swan:

    When the swan must fix his eye
    Upon a fading gleam,
    Float out upon a long
    Last reach of glittering stream
    And there sing his last song.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    The Teutons have been singing the swan song ever since they entered the ranks of history. They have always confounded truth with death.
    Henry Miller (1891–1980)

    The reason is:
    rats leave the sinking ship
    but we . . .
    we . . .
    didn’t leave,
    so the ship
    didn’t sink,
    and that’s madness,
    Lear’s song
    that’s Touchstone’s forest jest,
    that’s swan of Avon logic.
    Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961)