Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun plural Those who emigrated to California about the time of the discovery of gold there: as, the Argonauts of '49.
  • noun [lowercase] A cephalopod mollusk, known also as the paper-nautilus and paper-sailor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Any one of the legendary Greek heroes who sailed with Jason, in the Argo, in quest of the Golden Fleece.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A cephalopod of the genus Argonauta.
  • noun United States One of those who went to California in search of gold shortly after it was discovered there in 1848.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A pelagic octopus of the genus Argonauta.
  • noun An adventurer on a dangerous but rewarding quest.

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

  • noun someone engaged in a dangerous but potentially rewarding adventure
  • noun cephalopod mollusk of warm seas whose females have delicate papery spiral shells
  • noun (Greek mythology) one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Argonauta, genus name, from Latin Argonautae, Argonauts; see Argonaut.]

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