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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
Se entendera que no es facil para una ciencia que fue la estrella del siglo XX permanecer en los pits, ansiosa por abordar su nueva y flamante maquina, que, ademas, viene equipada con cuatro gigantescos detectores, verdaderos gargantuas que engulliran particulas subatomicas casi a la velocidad de la luz.