Pillars of Hercules


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Pil·lars of Hercules

 (pĭl′ərz)
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

pl n
(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


n.pl.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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Pillars of Hercules

n the Pillars of Hercules (Geog) → le Colonne d'Ercole
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The steep shores of the Mediterranean favoured the beginners in one of humanity's most daring enterprises, and the enchanting inland sea of classic adventure has led mankind gently from headland to headland, from bay to bay, from island to island, out into the promise of world-wide oceans beyond the Pillars of Hercules.
We were approaching the famed Pillars of Hercules, and already the African one, "Ape's Hill," a grand old mountain with summit streaked with granite ledges, was in sight.
Master Pedro refused to take the money, saying, "I will not receive payment in advance or until the service has been first rendered;" and then with his right hand he gave a couple of slaps on his left shoulder, and with one spring the ape perched himself upon it, and putting his mouth to his master's ear began chattering his teeth rapidly; and having kept this up as long as one would be saying a credo, with another spring he brought himself to the ground, and the same instant Master Pedro ran in great haste and fell upon his knees before Don Quixote, and embracing his legs exclaimed, "These legs do I embrace as I would embrace the two pillars of Hercules, O illustrious reviver of knight-errantry, so long consigned to oblivion!
32What famous British province built on a rock was known by the Romans as Mons Calpe, one of the Pillars of Hercules? 33Which Portuguese port was known to the Romans as Ossonoba?
Beyond the Pillars of Hercules. Delacorte Press, 1966.
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The ancient Greeks believed Gibraltar was on the edge of the world and to sail beyond the Pillars of Hercules was sure to lead to certain death.
At the entrance to which sea are the rocks known as the Pillars of Hercules? 7.
There was also time for a snorkel beneath the Pillars of Hercules, limestone formations in the cliffs.