Argus

[ ahr-guh s ]
/ ˈɑr gəs /
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noun

Classical Mythology. a giant with 100 eyes, set to guard the heifer Io: his eyes were transferred after his death to the peacock's tail.
a son of Phrixus and builder of the Argo.
(in the Odyssey) Odysseus' faithful dog, who recognized his master after twenty years and immediately died.
any observant or vigilant person; a watchful guardian.
(lowercase) Also argus pheasant. any of several brilliantly marked Malayan pheasants of the Argusianus or Rheinardia genera.

Origin of Argus

< Latin < Greek Árgos, derivative of argós bright, shining

Argo

[ ahr-goh ]
/ ˈɑr goʊ /

noun, genitive Ar·gus [ahr-guh s] /ˈɑr gəs/ for 1.

Astronomy. a very large southern constellation, now divided into Vela, Carina, Puppis, and Pyxis, four separate constellations lying largely south of Canis Major.
(italics) Classical Mythology. the ship in which Jason sailed in quest of the Golden Fleece.
Related formsAr·go·an, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for argus

argus

/ (ˈɑːɡəs) /

noun

any of various brown butterflies, esp the Scotch argus (Erebia aethiops) found on moorland and in forests up to a height of 2000 m

Argus

/ (ˈɑːɡəs) /

noun

Greek myth a giant with a hundred eyes who was made guardian of the heifer Io. After he was killed by Hermes his eyes were transferred to the peacock's tail
a vigilant person; guardian

Argo

1
/ (ˈɑːɡəʊ) /

noun

Greek myth the ship in which Jason sailed in search of the Golden Fleece

Argo

2
/ (ˈɑːɡəʊ) /

noun Latin genitive Argus (ˈɑːɡəs)

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 argus
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Culture definitions for argus

Argus

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.

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