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1 someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful [syn: giant, goliath, behemoth, monster]
2 a person of exceptional importance and reputation [syn: behemoth, giant, heavyweight, titan] [also: colossi (pl)]

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From colossus < (kolossos) "large statue", especially the colossus of Rhodes.



  1. A statue of gigantic size. The name was especially applied to certain famous statues in antiquity, as the Colossus of Nero in Rome and the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
  2. Any man or beast of gigantic size.




From (kolossos) "large statue", especially the colossus of Rhodes.


colossus (genitive colossi); , second declension

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colossus in Danish: Kolos
colossus in German: Colossus (Begriffsklärung)
colossus in French: Colossus (homonymie)
colossus in Hebrew: קולוסוס
colossus in Hungarian: Kolosszus
colossus in Dutch: Colossus
colossus in Japanese: コロッサス
colossus in Portuguese: Colosso
colossus in Slovenian: Colossus
colossus in Swedish: Colossus (olika betydelser)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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