Antaeus

[ an-tee-uh s ]
/ ænˈti əs /
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noun Classical Mythology.

an African giant who was invincible when in contact with the earth but was lifted into the air by Hercules and crushed.
Related formsAn·tae·an, adjective
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Antaeus

/ (ænˈtiːəs) /

noun

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

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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