from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or resembling silver; silvery.
  • noun Silver.
  • noun Any of various silvery metals.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Metallic tin in a state of fine subdivision, precipitated by zinc from a dilute solution of a tin salt: used for tinplating and for printing upon paper and cloth.
  • noun A gold coin of the Argentine Republic, equivalent to $4.824.
  • Pertaining to or resembling silver; silvery; argent.
  • [capitalized] Of or pertaining to the Rio de la Plata (Sp. plata, silver), the estuary of the rivers Paraná and Uruguay in South America, or the country called from it the Argentine Republic or Confederation, or Argentina.
  • noun A silvery-white slaty variety of calcite, containing a little silica with laminæ usually undulated, found in primitive rocks and frequently in metallic veins.
  • noun The tetroxid or antimoniate of antimony.
  • noun The silvery coloring matter of the scales of fishes.
  • noun A fish of the family Scopelidœ or Maurolicidœ.
  • noun White metal coated with silver.
  • noun [capitalized] A citizen or an inhabitant of the Argentine Republic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or resembling, silver; made of, or sounding like, silver; silvery.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the Argentine Republic in South America.
  • noun (Min.) A siliceous variety of calcite, or carbonate of lime, having a silvery-white, pearly luster, and a waving or curved lamellar structure.
  • noun White metal coated with silver.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A fish of Europe (Maurolicus Pennantii) with silvery scales. The name is also applied to various fishes of the genus Argentina.
  • noun A citizen of the Argentine Republic; an Argentinian.
  • noun Argentina; in this sense, usually preceded by the.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Containing or resembling silver.
  • noun Any osmeriform fish of the genus Argentina, especially the European argentine, Argentina sphyraena.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of various small silver-scaled salmon-like marine fishes
  • adjective of or relating to or characteristic of Argentina or its people


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French argentin, from Latin argentīnus, from argentum, silver; see arg- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French argentin ("silvery"), from Latin argentum ("silver")


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  • Is this a WeirdNet strike, or does the word 'Argentine' suggest fish to you?

    January 12, 2009

  • and gathered and fled through the air to the head of Percivale,

    flew and flamed and flushed the argentine column.

    —Charles Williams, 'The Last Voyage', in Taliessin Through Logres

    I don't think I've seen this used before to mean "argent".

    March 22, 2009