A merchant ship. A corruption of “ragusea.” Ships of the
largest size were built at Ragusa in Dalmatia and Venice.
“He hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies ... a
third to Mexico, a fourth to England.” —Shakespeare: Merchant of
Venice , i. 3.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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