Ple·ia·des (plēə-dēz′, plī-)
1. Greek Mythology The seven daughters of Atlas (Maia, Electra, Celaeno, Taygeta, Merope, Alcyone, and Sterope), who were metamorphosed into stars.
2. An open star cluster in the constellation Taurus, consisting of several hundred stars, of which six are visible to the naked eye and located approximately 430 light years from Earth.
[Middle English Pliades, from Latin Plēïades, from Greek Plēiades.]
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