American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A giant with 100 eyes who was made guardian of Io and was later slain by Hermes.
- n. An alert or watchful person; a guardian.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Grecian legend, a giant of vast strength, held in early times to have four eyes, and later to have eyes without number. Hera set him to guard the heifer Io, and after he was slain by Hermes transferred his eyes to the tail of the peacock.
- n. Any observant or sharp-sighted person: as, he is a very Argus in watchfulness.
- n. In ornithology: A genus of gallinaceous birds, of the order Gallinœ and family Phasianidœ, characterized by the enormous development of the secondary feathers of the wings and middle feathers of the tail, the former being adorned with numerous ocelli, likened to the many eyes of Argus. The type is the argus-pheasant (Phasianus argus, or Argus giganteus or pavoninus) of the Malay archipelago. Other species or varieties are the Argus grayi of Elliot, from Borneo, the Argus ocellatus of Verreaux, and the Argus bipunctatus. Other forms of the word, as a genus name, are Argusanus and Argusianus.
- n. [lowercase] Any species of the genus Argus; an argus-pheasant. The common species has a body only about as large as that of a barnyard hen, but sometimes measures 5 or 6 feet in total length, owing to the extraordinary development of the tail-feathers. The inner feathers of the wing are 2 or 3 feet long, and beautifully ocellated with metallic iridescent spots. The general plumage is brown, variegated with lighter and darker tracery. The female is a plain bird, lacking the extraordinary development of the wing- and tail-feathers.
- n. A genus of gastropods.
- n. A genus of lepidopterous insects.
- n. A genus of arachnidans.
- n. [lowercase] A name of certain euryalean ophiurians, or sand-stars with branching arms.
- n. Greek mythology A fabulous being of antiquity, also called Argus Panoptes, said to have had a hundred eyes. His eyes were transplanted to the peacock’s tail. He was a servant of the greek goddess Hera.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Myth.) A fabulous being of antiquity, said to have had a hundred eyes, who has placed by Juno to guard Io. His eyes were transplanted to the peacock's tail.
- n. One very vigilant; a guardian always watchful.
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of East Indian pheasants. The common species (Argus giganteus) is remarkable for the great length and beauty of the wing and tail feathers of the male. The species Argus Grayi inhabits Borneo.
- n. (Greek mythology) a giant with 100 eyes; was guardian of the heifer Io and was slain by Hermes
- n. large brilliantly patterned East Indian pheasant
- From Ancient Greek Ἄργος. (Wiktionary)
- Latin, from Greek Argos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Hera set him to watch over Io, a girl who had been seduced by Zeus and then turned into a cow; with Argus on guard, Zeus could not come to rescue Io, for only some of Argus eyes would be closed in sleep at any one time.”
“The second incident referred to by Argus is evidently the 2007 shooting of Christian Arguleta outside a Mall area restaurant.”
“The Brighton Argus is to lose six subbing posts because the paper is to be subbed from Southampton (creating just three extra jobs there, incidentally).”
“To that end, The Oakland Tribune, a sister paper of The Argus, is asking for your help: Mail them or drop off your tattered copies of "1984.”
“At about the same time, Delphine Watzka arrives back in Argus after touring the Midwest with Cyprian Lazarre as a sideshow performer.”
“The Argus is a complex weapon system filled with electronic equipment for detecting and tracking submarines and armed with homing torpedoes and depth bombs.”
“What I do know this lens came in a leather pouch with the name Argus on the top of the leather container.”
“The Argus is a smaller local/regional paper, and they're not used to interviewing big shots like Sen. Clinton, so they're probably slightly intimidated as well.”
“UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The device called Argus II works like this: a miniature camera transmits images to a radio receiver implanted near the patient's eye.”
“The frigate might have been called the Argus, for a hundred reasons.”
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