the seven sisters

the seven sisters
Pleiades Ple"ia*des (?; 277), n. pl. [L., fr. Gr. (?)] 1. (Myth.) The seven daughters of Atlas and the nymph Pleione, fabled to have been made by Jupiter a constellation in the sky. [1913 Webster]

2. (Astron.) A group of small stars in the neck of the constellation Taurus; -- called also {the seven sisters}. --Job xxxviii. 31. [1913 Webster]

Note: Alcyone, the brightest of these, a star of the third magnitude, was considered by M["a]dler the central point around which our universe is revolving, but such a notion has been thoroughly discounted by modern observations. Only six pleiads are distinctly visible to the naked eye, whence the ancients supposed that a sister had concealed herself out of shame for having loved a mortal, Sisyphus. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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