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argus (pheasant)

Definition:

a large brilliantly patterned East Indian pheasant

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plural:

arguses

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

hundred-eyed giant of Greek mythology, from Latin, from Greek Argos, literally...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Argus (bird)

a member of either of two species of bird in the family Phasianidae that are closely related to pheasants and peafowl. It has hundreds or thousands of tiny white spots on its plumage pattern, and thus its naming might have been in reference to the ... (45 of 179 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Argus (bird)

Collins Dictionary:

argus | Argus | Argo | Argo Navis [synonym, sense-specific] | guardian [synonym, sense-specific]

any of various brown butterflies, especially the Scotch argus [Erebia aethiops] found on moorland and in forests up to a height of 2000 m | [Greek ... (25 of 394 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/argus

Oxford Dictionary:

argus | argus pheasant | argus fish | Scatophagus argus [species, sense-specific] | Scatophagidae [family, member, sense-specific] | Argusianus argus [species, sense-specific]

a large long-tailed pheasant with generally brown plumage, found in ... | a small brown or bluish Eurasian butterfly which has eye-like markings near ... (23 of 128 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/argus

Random House Dictionary:

Argus | argus: argus pheasant [sense-specific] | any observant or vigilant person [sense-specific] | a watchful guardian [sense-specific]

[classical mythology] a giant with 100 eyes, set to guard the heifer Io: his eyes were transferred after his death to the peacock's tail. | a son of ... (27 of 81 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/argus

Wiktionary:

argus | arguses [plural]

An alert, observant person (4 of 5 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/argus

American Heritage Dictionary:

argus pheasant

A large bird "(Argusianus argus") of southern Asia and the East Indies, having long tail feathers marked with brilliantly colored, eyelike spots. (22 of 38 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/argus-pheasant

Britannica Encyclopedia:

pheasant [bird] | Phasianus colchicus [species] | Chrysolophus amherstiae [species] | Lophophorus impejanus [species]

any bird of the family Phasianidae that is larger than a quail or partridge. Most pheasants--some 50 species in about 16 genera of the subfamily ... (26 of 492 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/455414​/pheasant

Columbia Encyclopedia:

pheasant

common name for some members of a family (Phasianidae) of henlike birds related to the grouse and including the Old World partridge, the peacock, ... (24 of 252 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0838713​.html

Merriam-Webster:

pheasant | pheasants [plural]

any of numerous large often long-tailed and brightly colored Old World ... | any of various birds resembling a pheasant (19 of 93 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pheasant

New World Dictionary:

pheasant | pheasants [plural]

any of a number of large gallinaceous birds (family Phasianidae), usually with a long, sweeping tail and brilliant feathers | [United States] any of a ... (24 of 68 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pheasant

Macmillan British Dictionary:

pheasant | pheasants [plural]

[countable] a large bird with a long tail that is hunted for sport and food ; [uncountable] the meat from a pheasant (22 of 46 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pheasant

Cambridge Dictionary:

pheasant | pheasants [plural]

a large bird with a rounded body and long tail, which spends a lot of time on the ground and is often shot for sport and food (27 of 38 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pheasant

Encarta Dictionary:

argus pheasant | argus pheasants [plural] | Argusianus argus [Latin]

a large brownish pheasant, the male of which has a very long tail like a peacock's. Native to: Southeast Asia, Indonesia. (21 of 47 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 561500982​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

Argus

First use: late 14th century

Origin: hundred-eyed giant of Greek mythology, from Latin, from Greek Argos, literally "the bright one", from argos "shining, bright". His ... (22 of 45 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=argus

Oxford Dictionary:

argus | argus pheasant | argus fish

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

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/argus

New World Dictionary:

Argus

Origin: Latin from Greek Argos from argos, white: see "argent"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/argus

Merriam-Webster:

Argus

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin, from Greek Argos

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/argus

American Heritage Dictionary:

Argus

Origin: Latin, from Greek Argos.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/argus

argus pheasant

Origin: After "Argus", whose hundred eyes were given to a peacock's tail.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/argus-pheasant

Wiktionary:

argus | arguses [plural]

Origin: Special use of Argus.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/argus

Argus [Greek mythology]

Origin: Ancient Greek Ἄργος.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Argus

Encarta Dictionary:

argus pheasant | argus pheasants [plural]

Origin: From its tailspots, reminiscent of Argus's eyes

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 561500982​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

argus | Argus | Argo

Audio: British English pronunciation of "argus"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/argus

the Free Dictionary:

Argus

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Argus"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Argus"

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argus pheasant

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "argus pheasant" by speech synthesizer

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

Argus

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Argus"

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YourDictionary Audio:

Argus

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Argus" by speech synthesizer

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