Greek myth a giant with a hundred arms and fifty heads who aided Zeus and the Olympians against the Titans

Derived FormsBriarean, adjective
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Examples from the Web for briareus

Historical Examples of briareus

  • I wished I was the heathen Briareus then, with an hundred arms.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

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

    The Infernal Marriage

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Indeed, they rushed at him in a way that none but Briareus himself could have satisfied.

    Ask Momma

    R. S. Surtees

  • With the eyes of Argus he watched, and with the arms of Briareus he struck.

  • I doubt whether Briareus with his hundred hands could do more than a steward does with two.

Word Origin and History for briareus


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

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