Origin of Argus
noun, genitive Ar·gus [ahr-guh s] /ˈɑr gəs/ for 1.
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Another remarkable star is η Argus, which is surrounded by the great nebula in the constellation Argo Navis.The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'|Thomas Orchard
"It is all very unlikely," answered our Argus; and he went to the lantern, the wick of which he found crushed down.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The Argus and Vixen to remain with the Constitution, to keep up the blockade.The Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1876|J. F. Loubat, LL.D.
Yet, in despite of Argus, did Zeus draw nigh unto her in the shape of a bull.Suppliant Maidens and Other Plays|AEschylus
It is also stated that the powder used by the "Argus" was bad.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
noun Latin genitive Argus (ˈɑːɡəs)
hundred-eyed giant of Greek mythology, late 14c., from Latin, from Greek Argos, literally "the bright one," from argos "shining, bright" (see argent). His epithet was Panoptes "all-eyes." After his death, Hera transferred his eyes to the peacock's tail. Used in figurative sense of "very vigilant person."
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].
A creature in classical mythology who had a hundred eyes. Hera set him to watch over Io, a girl who had been seduced by Zeus and then turned into a cow; with Argus on guard, Zeus could not come to rescue Io, for only some of Argus' eyes would be closed in sleep at any one time. Hermes, working on Zeus' behalf, played music that put all the eyes to sleep and then killed Argus. Hera put his eyes in the tail of the peacock.