argonaut

Definitions

  • Argonaut
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Argonaut cephalopod mollusk of warm seas whose females have delicate papery spiral shells
    • n Argonaut (Greek mythology) one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece
    • n argonaut someone engaged in a dangerous but potentially rewarding adventure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Argonaut (Zoöl) A cephalopod of the genus Argonauta.
    • Argonaut Any one of the legendary Greek heroes who sailed with Jason, in the Argo, in quest of the Golden Fleece.
    • Argonaut One of those who went to California in search of gold shortly after it was discovered there in 1848. "The “ Argonauts of '49” were a strong, self-reliant, generous body of men."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n argonaut 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 argonaut plural Those who emigrated to California about the time of the discovery of gold there: as, the Argonauts of '49.
    • n argonaut [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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Argonaut är′go-nawt one of those who sailed in the ship Argo in search of the golden fleece: also (nat. hist.) a name of the nautilus, a mollusc of the octopod type
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Argonauta, Gr. ; + sailor, ship. See Argo
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. Argō, and nautēs, a sailor.

Usage

In literature:

Map of the Voyage of the Argonauts .
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
He is reported moreover to have imparted instruction to the Argonauts, and to the warriors who participated in the siege of Troy.
"Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery" by Robert Means Lawrence
THE SKIPPER OF THE ARGONAUT.
"Dick, Marjorie and Fidge" by G. E. Farrow
She seemed, like the Argonauts of yore, "'twixt Scylla and Charybdis".
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
The three young argonauts pleaded, but the old pioneer was obdurate.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
A week's journey from the settlements showed the argonaut a new world.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
A similar interpretation is possible of the expedition of the Argonauts.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
The ship of the Argonauts was not a greater miscellany.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Autolycus is also said to have instructed Heracles in the art of wrestling, and to have taken part in the Argonautic expedition.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Theseus also took part in the Argonautic expedition and the Calydonian hunt.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
In him she had unconsciously recognized the true spirit of the Argonaut on whose brow rests the star of empire.
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
Nor were the tempers of the Chilkoot argonauts better than those of their neighbors.
"The Trail of a Sourdough" by May Kellogg Sullivan
Behold in me, sir, the rover, the argonaut, the adventurer!
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
Some such migration may be at the root of the story of the passage of the Argonauts, pursued by the Colchians.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Two more of the Argonauts were Castor and Pollux, the twin sons of Leda, queen of Sparta.
"Aunt Charlotte's Stories of Greek History" by Charlotte M. Yonge
And so the Argonauts sail westward again in the pitch blackness of the gathering storm.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
Colchis was celebrated in Greek mythology as the destination of the Argonauts, the home of Medea and the special domain of sorcery.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
Despite their wanderings and their adventures, the Quest of the Golden Fleece remained the goal of the Argonauts.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The body of the captain of the "Argonaut" was carried down to the boat, and covered with the Portuguese ensign.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
The first includes the Cuttle-fish and the Argonaut or Paper Nautilus.
"The Geological Story of the Isle of Wight" by J. Cecil Hughes
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In news:

Toronto Argonauts running back Chad Kackert in action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Toronto Argonauts, Calgary Stampeders built to last.
Grey Cup champion Argonauts put team chemistry before talent.
Mike Cassese-REUTERS Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray, centre, and teammates Chad Owens, left, and Jeff Johnson celebrate after defeating the Calgary Stampeders Sunday in the 100th CFL Grey Cup game.
Several roads will be closed over the weekend as fans flock to the Rogers Centre for Sunday's 100th Grey Cup championship game between the Toronto Argonauts and the Calgary Stampeders.
Lions' quarterback Travis Lulay prepares to unload a pass against the Toronto Argonauts during first-half CFL action at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver on Saturday.
Argonauts express full confidence in backup quarterback Jarious Jackson.
The Toronto Argonauts hoist the Grey Cup and celebrate their victory over the Calgary Stampeders at the 100th Grey Cup.
Toronto Argonaut's Mike Bradwell is a gridiron star and a high- fashion model .
The rare Argonaut is usually found in the tropics but is making its way north due to warmer ocean currents during autumn.
An Argonaut octopus was scooped up by fisherman off Los Angeles this week.
Edmonton Eskimos focus on Toronto Argonauts, not Eric Tillman firing.
Argonaut unveils new cut, bags on Canada.
Toronto Argonaut's Mike Bradwell is a gridiron star and a high-fashion model.
Lions hosted and won the Grey Cup last year, and on Nov 25 his Toronto Argonauts host the 100th edition of the big game.
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