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Argo(är`gō), in Greek mythology, ship in which JasonJason,
in Greek mythology, son of Aeson. When Pelias usurped the throne of Iolcus and killed (or imprisoned) Aeson and most of his descendants, Jason was smuggled off to the centaur Chiron, who reared him secretly on Mt. Pelion.
..... Click the link for more information. and the Argonauts sailed in quest of the Golden Fleece. Most legends say that Argus, son of Phrixus, was the builder, with the help of Athena. The Argo included a beam cut from the divine tree of Dodona, which could foretell the future.
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Argo(ar -goh) (Argo Navis; Ship) A former very extensive unwieldy constellation in the southern hemisphere subdivided in the mid-18th century into the constellations Carina, Puppis, Vela, and Pyxis. Its stars are still identified by a single set of Bayer letters (see stellar nomenclature), the brightest being Canopus or Alpha (α) Carinae.
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The large Ptolemy constellation; a southern constellation, now divided into four groups (Carina, Pupis, Vela, and Pyxis Nautica). Abbreviated Arg. Also known as Ship.
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Jason’s galley, on which the Argonauts sailed in search of the Golden Fleece. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 47]
swift, magic ship of the Argonauts. [Gk. Myth.: Avery, 145]
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