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[ahr-gos, -guh s] /ˈɑr gɒs, -gəs/
an ancient city in SE Greece, on the Gulf of Argolis: a powerful rival of Sparta, Athens, and Corinth.


[ahr-goh] /ˈɑr goʊ/
noun, genitive Argus
[ahr-guh s] /ˈɑr gəs/ (Show IPA),
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.
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Argoan, adjective Unabridged
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  • Let him make me oath that he will ferry these writings to Argos, to those friends to whom I wish to send them.

  • His meaning was that in Argos Agis had been too cold, and now he was too hot.

  • The members of the Greek government whose head-quarters had been at Argos, had fled precipitately at the approach of Dramali.

    In Greek Waters G. A. Henty
  • This was the chief of all the hosts, Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and Argos.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • Prometheus coming on earth to give fire to men appears before the palace of Inachus in Argos on a festival of Zeus.

  • It was after this that his attention was drawn to the men of Argos.

    Agesilaus Xenophon
  • Adrastus, king of Argos, pleads with Theseus who at first refuses aid but finally consents at the entreaties of his mother.

    Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb
  • The finest statue of this divinity was that by Polycletus at Argos.

  • Much of the time I was down at the docks, and when I could not be there my thoughts were full of the Argos and her voyage.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for Argos


/ˈɑːɡɒs; -ɡəs/
an ancient city in SE Greece, in the NE Peloponnese: one of the oldest Greek cities, it dominated the Peloponnese in the 7th century bc. Pop (municipality): 29 505 (2001)


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


noun (Latin genitive) Argus (ˈɑːɡəs)
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 Argos


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].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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