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Swan-hopping A corruption of Swan-upping. n.

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Swan Hear!
Any one of numerous species of large aquatic birds belonging to Cygnus, Olor, and allied genera of the subfamily Cygninae. They have a large and strong beak and a long neck, and are noted for their graceful movements when swimming. Most of the northern species are white. In literature the swan was fabled to sing a melodious song, especially at the time of its death.
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Fig.: An appellation for a sweet singer, or a poet noted for grace and melody; as Shakespeare is called the swan of Avon.
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The constellation Cygnus.
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Swan's-down Alt. of Swans-down n.
Swan-upping A yearly expedition on the Thames to take up young swans and mark them, as by Companies of Dyers and Vintners; -- called also swan-hopping. n.
Hopping Hear!
of Hop
p. pr. & vb. n.
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The act of one who, or that which, hops; a jumping, frisking, or dancing.
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A gathering of hops.
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