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.
(Astron.) A group of small stars in the neck of the constellation Taurus; -- called also
the seven sisters.
Job xxxviii. 31.
Alcyone, the brightest of these, a star of the third magnitude, was considered by Mdler 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]
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