argosies

argosy

[ahr-guh-see]
noun, plural argosies.
1.
a large merchant ship, especially one with a rich cargo.
2.
a fleet of such ships.
3.
an opulent supply.

Origin:
1570–80; earlier ragusy < Italian (nave) ragusea (ship) of Ragusa

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argosy (ˈɑːɡəsɪ)
 
n , pl -sies
archaic, poetic or a large abundantly laden merchant ship, or a fleet of such ships
 
[C16: from Italian Ragusea (nave) (ship) of Ragusa]

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argosy
1570s, from It. (nave) Ragusea "(vessel) of Ragusa," a maritime city on the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic (modern Dubrovnik in Croatia). Their large merchant ships brought rich Eastern goods to 16c. England.
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