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(Greek myth) a giant with a hundred arms and fifty heads who aided Zeus and the Olympians against the Titans
Derived Forms
Briarean, adjective
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  • But if briareus could have clapped hands, he could scarcely have made more noise than Harry at the end of the piece.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Indeed, they rushed at him in a way that none but briareus himself could have satisfied.

    Ask Momma R. S. Surtees
  • briareus, armed to the teeth, would not affright our modern dowagers, or deter them from their prey.

    Guy Livingstone; George A. Lawrence
  • I doubt whether briareus with his hundred hands could do more than a steward does with two.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • If he had had the hands of briareus, he could not have worn them all.

    Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2) A Sexton of the Old School
  • If she had as many hands as what's his name, the fellow in the mythology,—briareus, wasn't it?

    A Changed Heart May Agnes Fleming
  • If he had possessed the hands of briareus, they would have been full already.

    Dealings With The Dead A Sexton of the Old School
  • Here live and labor briareus and Cyclops of modern mythology.

  • When the Olympians, as briareus thinks it necessary to remind you, fled, I was your leader.

    The Infernal Marriage Benjamin Disraeli
  • Thetis brought the hundred-handed briareus to the help of the outnumbered and over-mastered Zeus.

Word Origin and History for briareus


hundred-handed giant in Greek mythology, from Greek briaros "strong, stout."

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