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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.]
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a gigantic king noted for his great capacity for food and drink, in Rabelais' satire Gargantua and Pantagruel (1534)
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(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.
He would have preferred Rabelais' 'Gargantua' to the 'Zadig' of Voltaire: and, upon the whole, practical jokes suited his taste far better than verbal ones.
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.
So unlike the extremely self-aware and postmodern Lerner, Ehrlich Sachs, with his total commitment to completing every single skit, resembles older writing--bawdy tales from Gogol's Dead Souls or Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel-- and thus displays a modern attitude.
student, Caroline Mallary, inspired by Christopher Nolan's blockbuster film "Interstellar," set out to test if Cooper (Matthew McConaughey's character), could survive his fall deep into Gargantua 6 a fictional, supermassive, rapidly rotating black hole some 100 million times the mass of our sun.
Ci si puo innanzitutto soffermare sul termine "brachetta": l'indumento designato con questa parola ha un significato particolare nel Gargantua di Rabelais, in cui e spesso associata al fallo e a cui vengono conferite virtu taumaturgiche.
Valium are a Belfast-based quartet fusing rock, blues and funk, inspired by the likes of Hendrix, Zepplin and Red Hot Chilli Pepp ers, into a musical gargantua of love and great vibes.
An unusual feature of the establishment is that the plates are not overloaded: Gargantua may not approve.
The only time she feels good is when she cosplays, particularly as her favorite comic character Gargantua. In high school, she forms a student club for cosplaying with others who share this interest, including Kirk, who had helped her get into her first cosplay convention over the summer.