noun, plural colossi [kuh-los-ahy] , colossuses.
(initial capital letter) the legendary bronze statue of Helios at Rhodes. Compare Seven Wonders of the World.
any statue of gigantic size.
anything colossal, gigantic, or very powerful.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek kolossós statue, image, presumably < a pre-Hellenic Mediterranean language Unabridged
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colossus (kəˈlɒsəs)
n , pl -si, -suses
something very large, esp a statue
[C14: from Latin, from Greek kolossos]

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late 14c., from L. colossus, from Gk. kolossos "gigantic statue," of unknown origin, used by Herodotus of giant Egyptian statues, and used by Romans of the bronze Apollo at the entrance to the harbor of Rhodes. Fig. sense of "any thing of awesome greatness or vastness" is from 1794.
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