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antaean (an-TEE-uhn) adjective

1. Very large.

2. Having extraordinary strength.

[After Antaeus, a giant in Greek mythology. The son of Gaia and Poseidon, he challenged all who came across him to wrestle. He invariably won, because he received strength from his mother, the earth, as long as he was in touch with her. Hercules discovered his secret, lifted him off the ground, and crushed him.]

"The former a rich pastry of layered filo and custard and both will be among the array of Greek cuisine prepared in Antaean-proportioned quantities ..." Rodney Bosch; Letting the Good Times Roll; Los Angeles Times; Aug 16, 2001.

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