Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The ship in which Jason and the Argonauts sailed on their quest for the Golden Fleece.
  • proper n. Argo Navis, a large constellation in the southern hemisphere, now divided into Carina, Puppis, and Vela.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The name of the ship which carried Jason and his fifty-four companions to Colchis, in quest of the Golden Fleece.
  • n. 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.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Latin Argō, from Greek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Argo, from Ancient Greek Ἀργώ (Argō), the mythical ship of the Argonauts (Wiktionary)

Examples

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