Hercules: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (hûr'kyu-lēz"), [key]
— gen. -cu•lis
  1. Also calleda 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. Cf. labors of Hercules.
  2. a northern constellation, between Lyra and Corona Borealis.
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