colossus

[ kuh-los-uh s ]
/ kəˈlɒs əs /

noun, plural co·los·si [kuh-los-ahy] /kəˈlɒs aɪ/, co·los·sus·es.

(initial capital letter) the legendary bronze statue of Helios at Rhodes.Compare Seven Wonders of the World.
any statue of gigantic size.
anything colossal, gigantic, or very powerful.

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Origin of colossus

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek kolossós statue, image, presumably < a pre-Hellenic Mediterranean language
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colossus
/ (kəˈlɒsəs) /

noun plural -si (-saɪ) or -suses

something very large, esp a statue

Word Origin for colossus

C14: from Latin, from Greek kolossos
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