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an African giant who was invincible when in contact with the earth but was lifted into the air by Hercules and crushed.
Historical Examples

I am falling in a heap, hold me up higher Antaeus and Atlas.
The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers

Antaeus could not endure to have it said that any mortal was half so mighty as himself.
Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne

Several other wonderful feats are mentioned under other headings, as Antaeus, Cacus, etc.
1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described Edward S. Ellis

He is like Antaeus; he gets new vigour whenever he touches the ground.’
Life Of Johnson, Volume 5 Boswell

His worldly mood was still upon him, his Antaeus heel still upon the earth.
A Circuit Rider’s Wife Corra Harris

He seemed earth-born, an Antaeus, and to suck in fresh vigour from the soil which he neighboured.
Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici

Antaeus had left his mother, the Earth, and was losing his strength in the air.
The Leech Phillips Barbee

The struggle between Antaeus and Heracles is a favourite subject in ancient sculpture.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2 Various

On all their holidays, the Pygmies had excellent sport with Antaeus.
Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne

As in the classical legend of Antaeus, they believe that they derive strength from the touch of Mother Earth.
The Popular Religion and Folk-Lore of Northern India, Vol. I (of 2) W. Crooke

(Greek myth) an African giant who was invincible as long as he touched the ground, but was lifted into the air by Hercules and crushed to death

Libyan giant slain by Herakles, from Greek Antaios, literally “opposite, opposed to, hostile,” from anta “over against, face to face,” related to anti “opposite, against” (see ante).


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