- Gr. Myth. a giant with a hundred eyes, ordered by Hera to watch Io: after he is killed by Hermes, his eyes are put in the tail of the peacock
- any alert watchman
- an East Indian pheasant (genus Argusianus) resembling the peacock
Origin of ArgusClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek Argos ; from argos, white: see argent
- Greek Mythology A giant with 100 eyes who was made guardian of Io and was later slain by Hermes.
- An alert or watchful person; a guardian.
Origin of ArgusLatin, from Greek Argos.
Special use of Argus.
- (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.
From Ancient Greek Ἄργος (Argos).