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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Alcyon See Halcyon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alcyon An old or poetical name of the kingfisher. Commonly written halcyon.
    • n alcyon [capitalized] A genus of kingfishers: same as Halcyon, 2.
    • n alcyon The specific name of the belted kingfisher of North America, Ceryle alcyon.
    • n alcyon A general name of the kingfishers of the genus Halcyon and others of the subfamily Daceloninæ: as, the wood-alcyons, tree-alcyons, etc.
    • alcyon Same ashalcyon.
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In literature:

And there is that Alcyon bent to mourn, Though fit to frame an everlasting ditty.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
I proceeded on my journey until I had reached Alcyone in the famous constellation of Taurus.
"Life in a Thousand Worlds" by William Shuler Harris
It is said that the centripetal force of our solar system is the Pleiad Alcyon.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I., No. IV., April, 1862" by Various
As they were sitting thus, the Alcyon received a sudden and violent shock that shook the noble yacht from stem to stern.
"Edmond Dantès" by Edmund Flagg
Alcyone in the Pleiades presents the same characteristic.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
Their names are Alcyone, Electra, Maia, Merope, Sterope, Taygeta, and Celaeno.
"The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'" by Thomas Orchard
Alcyone, now the brightest star in the cluster, was not mentioned by Ptolemy among the four brightest Pleiads of his day.
"The Astronomy of the Bible" by E. Walter Maunder
Ainsi le turbulent Eole te soit aussi affable qu'aux pacifiques nids des alcyons.
"The English Novel in the Time of Shakespeare" by J. J. Jusserand
Alcyone, the daughter of Aeolus, married Ceyx, who was drowned as he was going to Claros to consult an oracle.
"Heathen Mythology" by Various
Alcyone is the large star below the middle of the picture with a triangle of little stars beside it.
"Astronomy with an Opera-glass" by Garrett Putman Serviss
As for a central sun hypothesis, that pointing out Alcyone in particular, there is no reliable evidence whatever.
"Astronomy" by David Todd
Here Alcyone's gentle unassuming manners, added to her great beauty, made her a universal favourite.
"Baron Bruno" by Louisa Morgan

In news:

Sure, they've always sounded good, but the Alcyone now puts the cool into a compact, circular package.