Argonaut

Argonaut

[ahr-guh-nawt, -not]
noun
1.
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.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) a person in quest of something dangerous but rewarding; adventurer.
3.
a person who moved to California during the gold rush of 1849.
4.
(lowercase) paper nautilus.

Origin:
< Latin Argonauta < Greek Argonaútēs crewman of the ship Argo; see nautical

Argonautic, adjective
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Argonaut (ˈɑːɡəˌnɔːt)
 
n
1.  Greek myth one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in quest of the Golden Fleece
2.  a person who took part in the Californian gold rush of 1849
3.  another name for the paper nautilus
 
[C16: from Greek Argonautēs, from Argō the name of Jason's ship + nautēs sailor]
 
Argo'nautic
 
adj

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Argonaut
"sailor of the Argo," 1580s (implied in argonautic), from Argo + Gk. nautes "sailor" (see naval). Adventurers in the California Gold Rush of 1848 were called argonauts (because they sought the golden fleece) by those who stayed home.
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