Argus Definition

A giant with 100 eyes who was made guardian of Io and was later slain by Hermes.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World
An alert or watchful person; a guardian.
American Heritage
Any alert watchman.
Webster's New World
An East Indian pheasant (genus Argusianus) resembling the peacock.
Webster's New World

(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.


Origin of Argus

  • From Ancient Greek Ἄργος (Argos).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin from Greek Argos

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Special use of Argus.

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