A large ship esp a merchant vessel for the biggest size
- a number of big vendor boats
- a big ship, esp. a merchant vessel regarding the largest dimensions.
1570s, from Italian (nave) Ragusea "(vessel) of Ragusa," maritime town on the Dalmatian coastline regarding the Adriatic (modern Dubrovnik in Croatia). Their huge merchant boats brought rich Eastern goods to 16c. The United Kingdomt. The city name sometimes had been Aragouse or Arragosa in 16c. English.
(n.) A big ship, esp. a merchant vessel associated with biggest size.
For, upon the great canal of Hang-Ho, or whatever they call it, in China, four or five laborers on the foot-path will draw a bulky freighted junk at the rate of a mile an hour; but this grand argosy we towed heavily forged along, as if laden with pig-lead in bulk.