- an African giant who was invincible when in contact with the earth but was lifted into the air by Hercules and crushed.
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Examples from the Web for antaeus
Antaeus could not endure to have it said that any mortal was half so mighty as himself.
On all their holidays, the Pygmies had excellent sport with Antaeus.
Antaeus had left his mother, the Earth, and was losing his strength in the air.The Leech
They attached me to the earth, and so I got strength like Antaeus.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
I am falling in a heap, hold me up higher Antaeus and Atlas.The Emperor, Complete
- Greek myth an African giant who was invincible as long as he touched the ground, but was lifted into the air by Hercules and crushed to death
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Word Origin and History for antaeus
Libyan giant slain by Herakles, from Greek Antaios, literally "opposite, opposed to, hostile," from anta "over against, face to face," related to anti "opposite, against" (see ante).
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