Pillars of Hercules

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Pil·lars of Hercules

The ancient name for two promontories at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar and the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. They are usually identified as Gibraltar in Europe and Jebel Musa in North Africa.

Pillars of Hercules

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(Placename) the two promontories at the E end of the Strait of Gibraltar: the Rock of Gibraltar on the European side and the Jebel Musa on the African side; according to legend, formed by Hercules

Pil′lars of Her′cules

the two promontories on either side of the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar, the Rock of Gibraltar in Europe and the Jebel Musa in Africa.
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Noun1.Pillars of Hercules - the two promontories at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar; according to legend they were formed by Hercules
Calpe, Gibraltar, Rock of Gibraltar - location of a colony of the United Kingdom on a limestone promontory at the southern tip of Spain; strategically important because it can control the entrance of ships into the Mediterranean; one of the Pillars of Hercules
Abila, Abyla, Jebel Musa - a promontory in northern Morocco opposite the Rock of Gibraltar; one of the Pillars of Hercules
Strait of Gibraltar - the strait between Spain and Africa

Pillars of Hercules

n the Pillars of Hercules (Geog) → le Colonne d'Ercole
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The region thus engulfed was beyond Europe, Asia, and Lybia, beyond the columns of Hercules, where those powerful people, the Atlantides, lived, against whom the first wars of ancient Greeks were waged.
"Transcendent Symbols for the Hapsburgs: Plus Ultra and the Columns of Hercules".
Indeed, on the back of Charles' seat in the choir at the Cathedral in Barcelona, where he met with the Order in 1519, there is a painted heraldic painting by Juan de Borgona with the columns of Hercules (Rosenthal 1971, 209).