1. Greek Mythology The daughter of Aeolus who, in grief over the death of her husband Ceyx, threw herself into the sea and was changed into a kingfisher.
2. Greek Mythology A nymph, one of the Pleiades.
3. Astronomy The brightest star in the Pleiades.
[Latin, from Greek Alkuonē, from alkuōn, kingfisher.]
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