Definition of Argus

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) a giant with 100 eyes; was guardian of the heifer Io and was slain by Hermes.

Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Giant

2. Noun. Large brilliantly patterned East Indian pheasant.
Exact synonyms: Argus Pheasant
Generic synonyms: Pheasant
Group relationships: Argusianus, Genus Argusianus

Definition of Argus

1. n. 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.

Definition of Argus

1. Proper noun. (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. ¹

2. Noun. An alert, observant person ¹

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Definition of Argus

1. an East Indian pheasant [n -ES]

Medical Definition of Argus

1. Two-beam, 5-terawatt Nd-glass laser system used at Livermore (LLNL) for inertial-confinement fusion research from 1976 to 1981. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Argus

argumentum ad Lazarum
argumentum ad etymologiam
argumentum ad fidem
argumentum ad nauseam
argumentum ad numerum
argumentum ad populum
argumentum ad verecundiam
argumentums ad hominem
argus (current term)
argus pheasant
argus shell

Literary usage of Argus

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1. A History of the People of the United States: From the Revolution to the by John Bach McMaster (1895)
"THE argus AND THE PELICAN. brought to Portland. There the two commanders, ... For these services he was promoted to the command of the gun brig argus, ..."

2. Sea Power in Its Relations to the War of 1812 by Alfred Thayer Mahan (1905)
"The surviving officer in command mentions in explanation, " the superior size and metal of our opponent, and the fatigue which the crew of the ' argus' ..."

3. The U.S. Naval Astronomical Expedition to the Southern Hemisphere, During by James Melville Gilliss (1856)
"But the variable star of the southern hemisphere which has most interest is « argus. Taking into account the surrounding nebula, the contiguous clusters of ..."

4. Collection of the Official Accounts, in Detail, of All the Battles Fought by by Heman Allen Fay (1817)
"BRIG argus. The British official account of the capture of the US brig argus ... In that account, the Pelican, which took the argus, states the force of the ..."

5. Annals and Magazine of Natural History by William Jardine (1872)
"unknown Species of argus Pheasant. To the Editors of the Annals and Magazine of Natural History. GENTLEMEN,—Permit me to make a few remarks on the feathers ..."

6. A Handbook of Descriptive and Practical Astronomy by George Frederick Chambers, ( (1890)
"Gilliss, then in Chili, reported r¡ argus to be of a reddish yellow colour, somewhat darker than that of Mars, and very nearly as bright as Canopus. ..."

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