noun, genitive Herculis [hur-kyuh-lis] , for 2.
Also, Heracles. Also called Alcides. Classical Mythology. a celebrated hero, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, possessing exceptional strength: among his many adventures were the twelve labors for his cousin Eurystheus, performed in order to gain immortality. Compare labors of Hercules.
Astronomy. a northern constellation, between Lyra and Corona Borealis.

< Latin Herculēs, Herclēs < Greek; see Heracles

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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

Hercules2 (ˈhɜːkjʊˌliːz)
n , Latin genitive Herculeis
1.  a large constellation in the N hemisphere lying between Lyra and Corona Borealis
2.  a conspicuous crater in the NW quadrant of the moon, about 70 kilometres in diameter

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Hercules   (hûr'kyə-lēz')  Pronunciation Key 
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Lyra and Corona Borealis.
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Hercules definition

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.

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