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[hur-kyuh-lee-uh n, hur-kyoo-lee-uh n] /ˌhɜr kyəˈli ən, hɜrˈkyu li ən/

requiring the great strength of a ; very hard to perform:
Digging the tunnel was a herculean task.
having enormous strength, courage, or size.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to or his labors.
requiring tremendous effort, strength, etc: a herculean task
(sometimes capital) resembling Hercules in strength, courage, etc

1590s, from Hercules + -an.


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