noun, genitive Her·cu·lis [hur-kyuh-lis] /ˈhɜr kyə lɪs/ for 2.

  1. Also Heracles. Also called Alcides. Classical Mythology. a 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.Compare labors of Hercules.
  2. Astronomy. a northern constellation, between Lyra and Corona Borealis.


  1. Also called: Alcides classical myth a hero noted for his great strength, courage, and for the performance of twelve immense labours
  2. a man of outstanding strength or size

noun Latin genitive Herculeis (ˌhɜːkjʊˈliːɪs)

  1. a large constellation in the N hemisphere lying between Lyra and Corona Borealis
  2. a conspicuous crater in the NW quadrant of the moon, about 70 kilometres in diameter

hero, son of Zeus and Alcmene, c.1200 (originally in reference to the Pillars of Hercules), also Ercules, from Latin Hercles, from Greek Herakles, literally “Glory of Hera;” from Hera (q.v.) + kleos “glory, renown” (see Clio). Used figuratively of strength since late 14c. Vocative form Hercule was a common Roman interjection (especially me Hercule!) “assuredly, certainly.”

  1. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Lyra and Corona Borealis.

One of the greatest heroes of classical mythology, he is supposed to have been the strongest man on earth. He was renowned for completing twelve seemingly impossible tasks — the Labors of Hercules. One of these labors was the cleaning of the Augean stables; another was the killing of the nine-headed Hydra. Hercules was a son of Zeus.

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