[ hur-kyuh-lee-uhn, hur-kyoo-lee-uhn ]
/ ˌhɜr kyəˈli ən, hɜrˈkyu li ən /


requiring the great strength of a Hercules; very hard to perform: Digging the tunnel was a herculean task.
having enormous strength, courage, or size.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to Hercules or his labors.

Origin of herculean

1590–1600; <Latin Hercule(us) of, belonging to Hercules + -an

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British Dictionary definitions for herculean

/ (ˌhɜːkjʊˈliːən) /


requiring tremendous effort, strength, etca herculean task
(sometimes capital) resembling Hercules in strength, courage, etc
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