Hercules

Her"cu*les

(?), n. 1. (Gr. Myth.) A hero, fabled to have been the son of Jupiter and Alcmena, and celebrated for great strength, esp. for the accomplishment of his twelve great tasks or "labors."
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2. (Astron.) A constellation in the northern hemisphere, near Lyra.
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Hercules' beetle (Zol.), any species of Dynastes, an American genus of very large lamellicorn beetles, esp. Dynastes hercules of South America, which grows to a length of six inches. -- Hercules powder, an explosive containing nitroglycerin; -- used for blasting.
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Hercules'-club

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Hercules'-club

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Hercules-club

prop. n. 1. (Bot.) A densely spiny ornamental tree (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis) of the rue family, growing in southeast U. S. and West Indies. [wns=1] It belongs to the same genus as one of the trees (Zanthoxylum Americanum) called prickly ash.
Syn. -- Hercules'-clubs, Hercules-club, Zanthoxylum clava-herculis.
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2. A small, prickly, deciduous clump-forming tree or shrub (Aralia spinosa) of eastern U.S.; also called Angelica tree and prickly ash. [wns=2]
Syn. -- American angelica tree, devil's walking stick, Aralia spinosa.
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3. A variety of the common gourd (Lagenaria vulgaris). Its fruit sometimes exceeds five feet in length.
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