American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See paper nautilus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the heroes who, according to the ancient Hellenic myth, sailed with Jason in the ship Argo to Colchis on the Euxine sea in quest of the golden fleece. This they secured, and Jason also bore back with him and his comrades to Iolcus, amid wonderful adventures, the Colchian king's daughter Medea, the enchantress.
- n. plural Those who emigrated to California about the time of the discovery of gold there: as, the Argonauts of '49.
- n. [lowercase] A cephalopod mollusk, known also as the paper-nautilus and paper-sailor. The common Mediterranean species, Argonauta argo, was fabled to carry its velamentous arms erect as sails, and thereby to be wafted by the winds. The arms are in fact commonly carried appressed to the shell, and progression is effected chiefly backward, as with other cuttlefishes, by the ejection of water through the siphon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Any one of the legendary Greek heroes who sailed with Jason, in the Argo, in quest of the Golden Fleece.
- n. (Zoöl.) A cephalopod of the genus Argonauta.
- n. United States One of those who went to California in search of gold shortly after it was discovered there in 1848.
- n. someone engaged in a dangerous but potentially rewarding adventure
- n. cephalopod mollusk of warm seas whose females have delicate papery spiral shells
- n. (Greek mythology) one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece
- New Latin Argonauta, genus name, from Latin Argonautae, Argonauts; see Argonaut. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The nautilus (or argonaut) is a poulpe or octopus, but one peculiar both in its nature and its habits.”
“Having accepted the wind for his pilot, our argonaut seeks no improvement upon his aërial raft.”
“How wouldt you feel if you rescued der argonaut, and lose your chump; dell me dot?”
“Aphrodite was associated not only with the cowry, the pearl, and the mandrake, but also with the octopus, the argonaut, and other cephalopods.”
“Tümpel seems to imagine that the identification of the goddess with the argonaut and the octopus necessarily excludes her association with molluscs; and Dr. Rendel Harris attributes an equally exclusive importance to the mandrake.”
“Aphrodite with the "nautilus," by which is meant the argonaut of zoologists.”
“Do you appreciate the amazing optimistic confidence of this bankrupt argonaut?”
“England argonaut, Sir William Phips, may be found in T. & W.,”
“What, indeed, would this argonaut of the press take in exchange for his soul?”
“He was an argonaut of the Rockies and a citizen of Montana and of other Western territories before the coming of the days of law.”
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