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Argo

[ahr-goh]
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noun, genitive Ar·gus [ahr-guh s] /ˈɑr gəs/ for 1.
  1. Astronomy. a very large southern constellation, now divided into Vela, Carina, Puppis, and Pyxis, four separate constellations lying largely south of Canis Major.
  2. (italics) Classical Mythology. the ship in which Jason sailed in quest of the Golden Fleece.
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Related formsAr·go·an, adjective
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Argo1

noun
  1. Greek myth the ship in which Jason sailed in search of the Golden Fleece
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Argo2

noun Latin genitive Argus (ˈɑːɡəs)
  1. an extensive constellation in the S hemisphere now subdivided into the smaller constellations of Puppis, Vela, Carina, and PyxisAlso called: Argo Navis (ˈneɪvɪs)
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Word Origin and History for argo

Argo

name of the ship in which Jason and his companions sought the Fleece in Colchis, in Greek, literally "The Swift," from argos "swift" (adj.), an epithet, literally "shining, bright" (see argent; cf. also Sanskrit cognate rjrah "shining, glowing, bright," also "swift"), "because all swift motion causes a kind of glancing or flickering light" [Liddell and Scott].

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