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A.Word.A.Day--gargantuan

(gar-GAN-choo-uhn) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

This week's theme: Eponyms

adjective: Gigantic.

[After Gargantua, a voracious giant, the father of Pantagruel, in a series of novels by François Rabelais (c. 1490-1553).]

"Walls were built around Constantinople, gargantuan chains were set over the Bosporus and the Golden Horn to prevent any attempts by the enemy to enter."
Vercihan Ziflioglu; A Sole Burned Gate; Turkish Daily News (Istanbul); Mar 26, 2008.

See more usage examples of gargantuan in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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