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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Definitions for argonaut

  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a person in quest of something dangerous but rewarding; adventurer.
  2. (initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. a member of the band of men who sailed to Colchis with Jason in the ship Argo in search of the Golden Fleece.
  3. (initial capital letter) a person who moved to California during the gold rush of 1849.

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Citations for argonaut
In that era before we could carry on deep conversations about the virtues of Humboldt Fog versus Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese, the newsletter was a gourmand’s playground—and an argonaut’s, too. Ari Weinzweig, the author and one of the deli owners, spanned the globe finding unusual and delicious victuals—and the newsletter was packed with culinary stories and histories. Michael Paterniti, "An American Man's Quest to Become an Old Castilian," New York Times, August 1, 2013
Although 69, Monge, who fancied himself an argonaut striving to spread the flame of reason—his wife called him an old fool—volunteered to follow his friend into exile. , "Two great little men," Economist, June 17, 2015
Origin of argonaut
Argonaut comes from the Greek term Argonaútēs meaning "crewman of the ship Argo." In Greek legend, the argonauts board the Argo, named after its builder, Argus, in pursuit of the Golden Fleece, which is guarded by a dragon that never sleeps. Naûs is the Greek term for "ship."