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[ god-zil-uh ]

  1. a science-fiction monster that resembles an enormous bipedal lizard, featured in Japanese and American films, television, and comic books.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Godzilla1

1950–55; an Anglicized version of the Japanese name Gojira < Japanese gorira gorilla + kujira whale

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Example Sentences

For attendance and size, the Godzilla is the Texas Renaissance Festival, on 70 acres near Houston.

For the movie buffs out there, it’s like adding into a cell a gene for Godzilla and another for King Kong.

“Godzilla’s” totals, however, were so strong that they single-handedly pushed that number up above 35 percent, suggesting the health of overall box office is dramatically improving.

Those who work with theaters say they don’t see “Godzilla” as a one-off.

The mere concept of King Kong going up against Godzilla is, as the fancy people say, a false dichotomy.

From Time

Even Godzilla, the ugliest star attraction of them all, is bigger than ever, both at the box office and in sheer monstrous height.

Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past both did well at the box office, but neither were runaway success stories.

Why are melodramas like The Notebook derided for being unrealistic, while Godzilla gets lauded as the best of the year?

Much of the praise Edwards earned for his Godzilla adaptation stemmed from his frugal use of the monster.

Most recently, Charles Barkley appeared in a cartoon brawl with Godzilla.

Sand-fleas and blowflies become nightriders marauding a new turf of godzilla cars.