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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Definitions for gargantuan

  1. enormous; gigantic; huge

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Citations for gargantuan
On a marshy peninsula 50 miles from this Red Sea port, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is staking $12.5 billion on a gargantuan bid to catch up with the West in science and technology. Thanassis Cambanis, New York Times
But keeping them there, with the night shifts and the erratic parental schedules, was a gargantuan effort. Allison Sherry, Denver Post
Origin of gargantuan
by 1571, from Gargantua, large-mouthed giant in Rabelais' novels, supposedly from Spanish/Portuguese garganta "gullet, throat," which is from the same imitative root as gargle.