argus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Special use of Argus, a many-eyed mythological figure.

Noun[edit]

argus (plural arguses)

  1. A watchful guardian.
  2. An alert, observant person. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. (ornithology) Either of two species of pheasant of Southeast Asia having large ocellated tails.
  4. Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the genus Junonia. Also called pansies.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Argus (alternative case form)

Adjective[edit]

argus (feminine arga, neuter argum); first/second-declension adjective

  1. of Argos, Argive

Etymology 2[edit]

From Argus Panoptes, a many-eyed giant sent by Hera to guard Io.

Noun[edit]

argus m (genitive argī); second declension

  1. (New Latin) a taxonomic epithet for an organism having many markings that look like eyes
Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative argus argī
Genitive argī argōrum
Dative argō argīs
Accusative argum argōs
Ablative argō argīs
Vocative arge argī
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References[edit]

  • argus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • argus in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia[1]
  • argus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • argus in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray