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EtymologyEdit

Calque of German Schwanenlied[1](from Schwan + Lied) or Schwanengesang[2]; from the belief that the mute swan sings before dying.

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NounEdit

swan song (plural swan songs)

  1. (idiomatic) A final performance or accomplishment, especially one before retirement.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "swan song", Webster's Third New International Dictionary
  2. ^ A Way With Words