|Hercules, Heracles or Herakles1 (ˈhɜːkjʊˌliːz)|
|1.||classical myth Also called: Alcides a hero noted for his great strength, courage, and for the performance of twelve immense labours|
|2.||a man of outstanding strength or size|
|Heracles, Heracles or Herakles1|
|Herakles, Heracles or Herakles1|
|Hercu'lean, Heracles or Herakles1|
|Hera'clean, Heracles or Herakles1|
|Hera'klean, Heracles or Herakles1|
|a monster that had the head of a bull on the body of a man housed in the Cretan Labyrinth, it was fed on human flesh until Theseus killed it|
|the third of the four ages of the human race, marked by war and violence regarded as inferior to the silver age but superior to the following iron age|
|Hercules (hûr'kyə-lēz') Pronunciation Key
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Lyra and Corona Borealis.
One of the greatest heroes of classical mythology, he is supposed to have been the strongest man on earth. He was renowned for completing twelve seemingly impossible tasks — the Labors of Hercules. One of these labors was the cleaning of the Augean stables; another was the killing of the nine-headed Hydra. Hercules was a son of Zeus.