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argentine1

[ahr-juh n-tin, -tahyn] /ˈɑr dʒən tɪn, -ˌtaɪn/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or resembling silver.
noun
2.
a silvery substance, especially one obtained from fish scales, used in making imitation pearls.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin argentīnus silvery. See argent, -ine1

argentine2

[ahr-juh n-tin, -tahyn] /ˈɑr dʒən tɪn, -ˌtaɪn/
noun
1.
any of various silvery marine fishes, especially those of the genus Argentina.
Origin
1530-40; < Neo-Latin Argentina genus name, Latin, feminine of argentīnus silvery. See argentine1

Argentine

[ahr-juh n-teen, -tahyn] /ˈɑr dʒənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn/
noun
1.
a native or inhabitant of Argentina.
2.
Argentina (usually preceded by the):
They vacationed in the Argentine.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to Argentina.
Also, Argentinean
[ahr-juh n-tin-ee-uh n] /ˌɑr dʒənˈtɪn i ən/ (Show IPA),
(for defs 1, 3).
Related forms
pro-Argentinean, adjective, noun
pseudo-Argentinean, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for argentine

argentine

/ˈɑːdʒənˌtaɪn/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling silver
noun
2.
any of various small marine salmonoid fishes, such as Argentina sphyraena, that constitute the family Argentinidae and are characterized by a long silvery body

Argentine

/ˈɑːdʒənˌtiːn; -ˌtaɪn/
noun
1.
the Argentine, another name for Argentina
2.
a native or inhabitant of Argentina
adjective
3.
of or relating to Argentina
Also (for senses 2, 3) Argentinian (ˌɑːdʒənˈtɪnɪən)
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Word Origin and History for argentine
adj.

"silver-colored," mid-15c., from Latin argentinus "of silver," from argentum (see argent).

Argentine

adj.

"of or from Argentina," 1830 (from 1829 as a noun); Argentinian is from 1845 as a noun; 1858 as an adjective.

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Encyclopedia Article for argentine

any fish of the family Argentinidae, small, outwardly smeltlike fishes found in deeper waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The family is usually placed in the order Salmoniformes. Argentines of the species Argentina silus are silvery fishes about 45 cm (18 inches) long; they live about 145-545 m (480-1,800 feet) below the surface and are sometimes caught by fishermen.

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