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A person of great size or stature and of voracious physical or intellectual appetites.

[After the giant hero of Gargantua and Pantagruel, by François Rabelais.]


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a gigantic king noted for his great capacity for food and drink, in Rabelais' satire Gargantua and Pantagruel (1534)


(gɑrˈgæn tʃu ə)

a giant king noted for his enormous capacity for food and drink in Rabelais' Gargantua (1534).
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Noun1.Gargantua - a voracious giant in Francois Rabelais' book of the same name
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of meat; and one must have the stomach of a Gargantua to demolish some dozens of them.
The two extremities of this gigantic parallelogram were occupied, the one by the famous marble table, so long, so broad, and so thick that, as the ancient land rolls--in a style that would have given Gargantua an appetite--say, "such a slice of marble as was never beheld in the world"; the other by the chapel where Louis XI.
8) He is best known for the works Belloc alludes to in this passage, Gargantua and Pantagruel, rollicking tales of bawdy giants and their grotesque adventures.
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Renaissance, the Protestant printing presses, and the voyages of Columbus and other explorers excited Europeans, and scores of imitations were produced in the West, the most famous became Rabelais' vulgar Gargantua and Pantagruel (1534), and Swift's sophisticated Gulliver's Travels (1726).
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In Rabelais there are various examples and illustrations of the carnivalesque from Gargantua and Pantagruel, where it is clear that "carnivalization" occurs when two opposites meet forming a polyphonic unity.
Sempre in Francia, Rabelais nel suo Gargantua (1533) vede il suo protagonista alla scuola di Panocrate (cap.