Argus


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Ar·gus

 (är′gəs)
n.
1. Greek Mythology A giant with 100 eyes who was made guardian of Io and was later slain by Hermes.
2. An alert or watchful person; a guardian.

[Latin, from Greek Argos.]

argus

(ˈɑːɡəs)
n
(Animals) any of various brown butterflies, esp the Scotch argus (Erebia aethiops) found on moorland and in forests up to a height of 2000 m

Argus

(ˈɑːɡəs)
n
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a giant with a hundred eyes who was made guardian of the heifer Io. After he was killed by Hermes his eyes were transferred to the peacock's tail
2. a vigilant person; guardian

Ar•gus

(ˈɑr gəs)

n.
1. (in Greek myth) a giant with 100 eyes set to guard the heifer Io.
2. any observant or vigilant person; a watchful guardian.
[< Latin < Greek Árgos, derivative of argós bright, shining]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Argus - (Greek mythology) a giant with 100 eyes; was guardian of the heifer Io and was slain by Hermes
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
giant - an imaginary figure of superhuman size and strength; appears in folklore and fairy tales
2.Argus - large brilliantly patterned East Indian pheasantargus - large brilliantly patterned East Indian pheasant
pheasant - large long-tailed gallinaceous bird native to the Old World but introduced elsewhere
Argusianus, genus Argusianus - argus pheasants
Translations

Argus

[ˈɑːgəs] NArgos
References in classic literature ?
Nowadays I'm so drove I get along with the Almanac, the Weekly Argus, and the Maine State Agriculturist.
Accordingly, when Frank presented himself at Combe-Raven on the eventful morning, there stood Miss Garth, prepared -- in the interpolated character of Argus -- to accompany Lucy and Falkland to the scene of trial.
When I had got into bed, and lay there footsore, weary, and wretched, I found that I could no more close my own eyes than I could close the eyes of this foolish Argus.
He ceas'd; and th' Archangelic Power prepar'd For swift descent, with him the Cohort bright Of watchful Cherubim; four faces each Had, like a double JANUS, all thir shape Spangl'd with eyes more numerous then those Of ARGUS, and more wakeful then to drouze, Charm'd with ARCADIAN Pipe, the Pastoral Reed Of HERMES, or his opiate Rod.
The frigate might have been called the Argus, for a hundred reasons.
Thus he spoke, and Mercury, guide and guardian, slayer of Argus, did as he was told.
Go to Argus, the shipbuilder, and bid him build a galley with fifty oars.
Jove gave it to Mercury, slayer of Argus, guide and guardian.
as we said) must ever be well weighed; and generally it is good, to commit the beginnings of all great actions to Argus, with his hundred eyes, and the ends to Briareus, with his hundred hands; first to watch, and then to speed.
From tiers of staircase windows clogged lamps like the eyes of Equity, bleared Argus with a fathomless pocket for every eye and an eye upon it, dimly blink at the stars.
The ferocity of their fierce faces was accentuated by the upturned, bristling tiger cat's teeth which protruded from every ear; while the long feathers of the Argus pheasant waving from their war-caps, the brilliant colors of their war-coats trimmed with the black and white feathers of the hornbill, and the strange devices upon their gaudy shields but added to the savagery of their appearance as they danced and howled, menacing and intimidating, in the path of the charging foe.
And have not I, besides all this, an Argus so much the more dangerous as he has the keen eyes of hatred?