Heracles

noun

Her·​a·​cles ˈher-ə-ˌklēz- How to pronounce Heracles (audio)
ˈhe-rə-

Examples of Heracles in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s why the legend of Heracles, who tramples these natural orders of Earth, is so mystifying and disturbing. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2023 The most famous of these, perhaps, is the Greek myth in which Hera pushes away the baby Heracles from her bosom, and her breast milk spills from horizon to horizon. Phil Plait, Scientific American, 4 Aug. 2023 According to myth, the city was the birthplace of the god Heracles—Hercules to the Romans—who fought battles alongside a kinsman named Iolaus. James Romm, WSJ, 29 July 2021 According to the myth, when Hera was nursing Heracles (Hercules), the infant spilled some of the milk and streaked it across the sky. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 5 June 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Greek Hēraklēs

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Heracles was in 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Heracles.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Heracles. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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