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noun (argosies)
  1. A merchant ship.
  2. A merchant flotilla, fleet.
1594 ''Gremio, 'tis known my father hath no less Than three great argosies, besides two galliasses, And twelve tight galleys; these I will assure her, And twice as much, whate'er thou offer'st next. " Shakespeare, s:http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Taming_of_the_Shrew
  • SCENE_I._Padua._A_public_place., The Taming of the Shrew.
    1. Popular englishing of the w:Argonautika of w: Apollonios Rhodios.
    1918 Roger chuckled. "I hope you don't think I'm a mere highbrow," he said. "As a customer said to me once, without meaning to be funny, `I like both the Iliad and the Argosy.' The only thing I can't stand is literature that is unfairly and intentionally flavoured with vanilla. Confectionery soon disgusts the palate, whether you find it in Marcus Aurelius or Doctor Crane. " Christopher Morley, The Haunted Bookshop, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=496240389&tag=Morley,+Christopher:+The+Haunted+Bookshop,+1918&query=argosy&id=MorHaun Chapter 6.
    1. A collection of lore.
  • Etymology: Alteration of Italian ragusea, after Ragusa, now Dubrovnik; a large ship


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