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Antaeus

[an-tee-uh s]
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noun Classical Mythology.
  1. 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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Related formsAn·tae·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for antaean

Antaeus

noun
  1. 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 antaean

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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