American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek Mythology The ship in which Jason sailed in search of the Golden Fleece.
- n. Formerly, a constellation in the Southern Hemisphere, lying between Canis Major and the Southern Cross, now divided into four smaller constellations, Carina, Puppis, Pyxis, and Vela.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek myth, the name of the ship in which Jason and his fifty-four companions sailed to Colchis in quest of the golden fleece.
- n. An ancient southern constellation, the largest in the heavens. It contains Canopus, after Sirius the brightest of the fixed stars. By modern astronomers it is commonly divided into four parts by adding the distinctive words navis, carina, puppis, and velum, or hull, keel, stern, and sail.
- n. [lowercase] In zoology, the technical specific name of the paper-nautilus. Argonauta argo.
- n. In conchology, a genus of nudibranchiate gastropods: synonymous with Doris.
- n. Greek mythology The ship in which Jason and the Argonauts sailed on their quest for the Golden Fleece.
- n. astronomy Argo Navis, a large constellation in the southern hemisphere, now divided into Carina, Puppis, and Vela.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Myth.) The name of the ship which carried Jason and his fifty-four companions to Colchis, in quest of the Golden Fleece.
- n. (Astron.) A large constellation in the southern hemisphere, called also
Argo Navis. In modern astronomy it is replaced by its three divisions, Carina, Puppis, and Vela.
- n. formerly a large constellation in the southern hemisphere between Canis Major and the Southern Cross; now divided into Carina and Pyxis and Puppis and Vela
- From Latin Argo, from Ancient Greek Ἀργώ (Argō), the mythical ship of the Argonauts (Wiktionary)
- Latin Argō, from Greek. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We have a couple of things we're developing and we have a deal together over at Warner Bros, but he's making a great movie right now called 'Argo.”
“Giasone's dissipation was signaled by his unknotted tuxedo tie; the Argo was a modern speedboat; Isifile had a pink minidress with a Jackie Kennedy pillbox hat; the Golden Fleece was a big, shaggy coat; and Delfa's outfit was channeling Dame Edna.”
“So Willis has been studying the ocean with a fleet of robotic instruments called the Argo system.”
“The Argo was a long-voyage ship, designed to keep every drop of water, every sigh of air sealed tight inside its skin.”
“Jason now applied to Argos, one of the cleverest ship-builders of his time, who, under the guidance of Pallas-Athene, built for him a splendid fifty-oared galley, which was called the Argo, after the builder.”
“So the head carpenter and all his journeymen and apprentices began their work; and for a good while afterward there they were busily employed hewing out the timbers and making a great clatter with their hammers, until the new ship, which was called the Argo, seemed to be quite ready for sea.”
“Once in Venice I heard a scholar learned in the Greek tell of an old voyage of a ship called Argo, whence its captain and crew were named Argonauts, and he said that it was of all voyages most famous with the ancients.”
“One ship only of all that fare by sea hath passed that way, even Argo, that is in all mens minds, on her voyage from Aeetes.”
“Thus they say that Osiris was a general, that Canopus, from whom the star took its name, was a pilot, and that the ship which the Greeks call Argo, being made in imitation of the ship of Osiris, was, in honour of him, turned into a constellation and placed near”
“One ship only of all that fare by sea hath passed that way, even Argo, that is in all men's minds, on her voyage from Aeetes.”
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