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A hero of superhuman strength and courage who performed twelve immense tasks or ‘labours’ imposed on him and who after death was ranked among the gods.
- 1.1as noun a HerculesA man of exceptional strength or size.‘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.’muscleman, strongman, macho, macho man, iron man, Hercules, Atlas, Samson, Tarzan
- 1.1as noun a HerculesA man of exceptional strength or size.
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.
- 2.1as genitive Herculis /ˈhəːkjʊlɪs/Used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the Hercules constellation.‘the star Delta Herculis’
- 2.1as genitive Herculis /ˈhəːkjʊlɪs/Used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the Hercules constellation.
Latin, from Greek Hēraklēs.