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Argo

[ahr-goh] /ˈɑr goʊ/
noun, genitive Argus
[ahr-guh s] /ˈɑr gəs/ (Show IPA),
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.
Related forms
Argoan, adjective
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  • But Argo did not hear, for she turned away and walked from the rail, back to her cabin.

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
  • Elza again cooked and, with Argo joining us, we had breakfast.

    Tarrano the Conqueror Raymond King Cummings
  • The Argo darted through the opening, and, when the rocks again came into contact, they merely grazed the rudder.

    Myths of Greece and Rome H. A. Guerber
  • We did not know; but Argo, leering up at them insolently, may have guessed.

    Tarrano the Conqueror Raymond King Cummings
  • Argo gave us one of the small cabins to ourselves that night.

    Tarrano the Conqueror Raymond King Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for Argo

Argo1

/ˈɑːɡəʊ/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) the ship in which Jason sailed in search of the Golden Fleece

Argo2

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