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1. A man of extraordinari bulk and stature. Giants of mighty bone and bold emprise.
2. A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.
3. Any animal, plant, or thing, of extraordinary size or power. Giants Causeway, a vast collection of basaltic pillars, in the county of Antrim on the northern coast of Ireland.
Origin: oe. Giant, geant, geaunt, OF. Jaiant, geant, f. Geant, L. Gigas, fr. Gr, from the root of E. Gender, genesis. See gender, and cf. Gigantic.
like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son. Giant cell.
(Science: anatomy) a very large african heron (Ardeomega goliath). It is the largest heron known. Giant kettle, a pothole of very large dimensions, as found in Norway in connection with glaciers. See pothole. Giant powder. See nitroglycerin.
(Science: botany) giant puffball, one of several species of very large squids, belonging to architeuthis and allied genera. Some are over forty feet long.

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