(Argus) Greek Mythol.
a monster with a hundred eyes, used by Hera to watch over Io.
an alert, watchful guardian.
(also argus pheasant)
either of two long-tailed pheasants with generally brown plumage, found in Southeast Asia and Indonesia:
great argus (Argusianus argus), the male of which has lengthened secondary wing feathers, spread during display.
crested argus (Rheinartia ocellata), with the longest tail feathers of any bird.
, stupendous, tremendous
•Barbados • Indus • solidus • Lepidus
•Aldous • Judas • Enceladus • exodus
•hazardous • Dreyfus • Josephus
•Sisyphus • typhus • Dollfuss
, anthropomorphous, polymorphous
•Angus • Argus
, magus, Tagus
, cunnilingus, dingus, Mingus
, fungus, humongous
, oesophagus (US
•Areopagus • asparagus
, Fergus, Lycurgus
•Carajás • frabjous
, contagious, courageous, outrageous, rampageous
, litigious, prestigious, prodigious, religious, sacrilegious
•umbrageous • gorgeous
Argus (är´gəs) or Argos (är´gŏs, –gəs), in Greek mythology. 1 Many-eyed monster, also called Panoptes. He guarded Io after she had been changed into a heifer. After Hermes slew the monster, Hera took his eyes and placed them in the tail of her bird, the peacock. 2 Builder of the Argo. He built the ship on which Jason and the Argonauts (of which he was one) sailed in quest of the Golden Fleece.
in Greek mythology
, a vigilant watchman with a hundred eyes, who was set by Hera
to watch Io
, and who was killed by Hermes. After his death, his eyes were said to have been transferred by Hera to the eyelike markings on the tail of a peacock. The term Argus-eyed
is used to mean extremely vigilant, sharp-sighted.