Definition of argus in English:

argus

noun

  • 1Greek Mythology
    A monster with a hundred eyes, used by Hera to watch over Io. He was killed by Hermes, and Hera then used his eyes to deck the peacock's tail.

    • ‘In Prometheus Bound, Argus is the child of Gaia, but Ovid is silent on the issue of Argus's lineage.’
    • ‘Ovid describes Argus with one hundred eyes in his head, but an Attic vase (c. 490 BCE) depicts Argus with eyes all over his body.’
    • ‘Hera appointed her servant Argus to guard the cow, and Hermes, at Zeus' command, killed Argus.’
    1. 1.1 An alert, watchful guardian.
  • 2A long-tailed pheasant with generally brown plumage, found in Southeast Asia and Indonesia.

    • ‘Male argus pheasants impress with an involved dance, spreading their wings to form a saucer for a finale.’
    • ‘In addition, over 170 bird species are sighted including 5 species of hornbills and great argus pheasants.’
    • ‘Wildlife include tigers, elephants, deer, Sumatran rhinoceros, binturong or bear cats, chirping drongos, hornbills, argus pheasants, and white handed gibbons, the only ape species in the region.’
    • ‘The argus pheasants have been reunited, both the father and mother are in their old exhibit sharing space with the White-faced Whistling-Ducks.’
    • ‘The forest is also home to tigers, jaguars, leopards, langur, black gibbon, Malaysian bears, pheasants, and crested arguses.’
    • ‘Pheasants, peafowl, argus pheasants, peacock pheasants, and jungle fowl (ancestor of the domestic chicken) are all related.’
    • ‘In the Temburong District there is an outdoor zoo where some of the fauna - from various Bornean primates to banded kraits and other unfriendly vipers to argus pheasants can be inspected close up.’
    • ‘After many days spent trying to trap the bird without success, the researchers began to doubt the authenticity of Vietnamese Government reports that the crested argus had been spotted in Bach Ma.’
    • ‘Though the argus pheasant is not as colorful as its relatives the peacock and the palawock pheasant, it is still an interesting looking bird.’
    • ‘These forests still support tigers, Asian elephants, gaur, tapirs, Sumatran rhinoceros, and the spectacular and endemic crested argus.’
    • ‘‘We've photographed rhinoceros hornbills and great argus pheasants before but when we found that we'd photographed a Sumatran ground cuckoo, we couldn't believe it,’ said field leader Yoan Dinata of Fauna and Flora International Indonesia.’
    • ‘Usually shy and retiring, the crested argus is not easy to observe.’
    • ‘There is quite an assortment of wonderful & rare pheasants in the world; although it is hard to chose I go with the two huge argus pheasants of tropical lowlands or foothills.’
    • ‘The great argus pheasant's wings can continue to grow into the bird's sixth year.’
    • ‘A variety of fish may be easily observed through the clear waters of the rivers, while hornbills and argus pheasants have been sighted within the dense greenery.’
    • ‘The relative relationships of Pavo to the peacock pheasant, argus pheasants, and African peafowl are still somewhat unclear, but it seems likely that Afropavo is the nearest living relative of Pavo.’
    • ‘In Vietnam there is a beautiful bird called the crested argus.’
    • ‘The great argus is one of the largest pheasants in the world.’
    • ‘I was surprised to see a crested argus there - this rare pheasant is believed to be restricted to Gunung Tahan and a few nearby peaks.’
    • ‘There are also gibbons, leaf monkeys, jungle cats, forest deer, otter, hornbills and argus pheasants.’
  • 3A small brown or bluish Eurasian butterfly that typically has eyelike markings near the wing margins.

    • ‘the Common Blue has two significant spots on the underside of the forewing, where the Brown Argus has just one.’
    • ‘Several species of the Argus Butterfly exist but the Eden Argus exists nowhere else than in Castle Eden Dene.’
    • ‘The caterpillar of the Argus Butterfly feeds almost exclusively on the leaves of the rock rose.’
    • ‘The areas often support many rare or uncommon species such as northern brown argus butterflies and wood bitter vetch.’
    • ‘Not only has the brown argus moved into those habitats, it's been using them as stepping-stones to populations of H. chamaecistus that used to be too far apart.’
    • ‘I've had meadow argus, a species you find all over the world, around my daisies.’
  • 4A silvery deep-bodied fish with round spots, widely distributed throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific region in both fresh and salt water.

    • ‘Scatophagus argus (Argus Fish, Spotted Scat) are sensitive to nitrites.’
    • ‘Bruce holds the Nikonos at arm's length to snap his own picture while feeding an argus fish.’
    • ‘The best-known species, the scat, or argus fish is a popular freshwater aquarium fish when small.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin, from Greek Argos, the name of a mythical watchman with a hundred eyes.

Pronunciation

argus

/ˈɑrɡəs//ˈärɡəs/