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or Her·a·kles  (hĕr′ə-klēz′)
n. Greek & Roman Mythology
Variants of Hercules..


1. also Her·a·cles or Her·a·kles (hĕr′ə-klēz′) Greek & Roman Mythology The son of Zeus and Alcmene, a hero of extraordinary strength who won immortality by performing 12 labors demanded by the Argive king Eurystheus.
2. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Lyra and Corona Borealis.

[Latin, from Greek Hēraklēs : Hērā, Hera + kleos, fame; see kleu- in Indo-European roots.]
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Noun1.Herakles - (classical mythology) a hero noted for his strengthHerakles - (classical mythology) a hero noted for his strength; performed 12 immense labors to gain immortality
classical mythology - the system of mythology of the Greeks and Romans together; much of Roman mythology (especially the gods) was borrowed from the Greeks
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1] In this essay, we use the Roman name Hercules to indicate the Greek hero Herakles.
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