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A hero of superhuman strength and courage who performed twelve immense tasks or ‘labours’ imposed on him by king Eurystheus and who after death was ranked among the gods.Greek name Heracles
A large northern constellation, said to represent the kneeling figure of Hercules. It contains the brightest globular cluster in the northern hemisphere, but no bright stars.
A man of exceptional strength or size.‘a tall young man with the limbs and chest of a Hercules’
muscleman, strongman, macho, macho man, iron man, Hercules, Atlas, Samson, Tarzan
- ‘He wasn't the biggest of guys, he was quite slight; he was never a Hercules.’
- ‘He is so impressed, he persuades him to make a trip to Berlin, where he can guarantee lucrative employment as a Hercules on the cabaret circuit.’
postpositive Used with preceding Greek letter or numeral to designate a star in the Hercules constellation.
- ‘the star Delta Herculis’
Latin, from Greek Hēraklēs. Herculis is the Latin genitive form of Hercules.