herculean

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

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.

Nearby words

  1. herborize,
  2. herby,
  3. hercegovina,
  4. herceptin,
  5. herculaneum,
  6. hercules,
  7. hercules beetle,
  8. hercules'-club,
  9. hercules-club,
  10. hercynian

Origin of herculean

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

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British Dictionary definitions for herculean

herculean

/ (ˌhɜːkjʊˈliːən) /

adjective

requiring tremendous effort, strength, etca herculean task
(sometimes capital) resembling Hercules in strength, courage, etc
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Word Origin and History for herculean

Herculean

adj.

1590s, from Hercules + -an.

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