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giant British & World English

An imaginary or mythical being of human form but superhuman size

giant English Thesaurus

a dredger resembling a giant vacuum cleaner

gas giant British & World English

A large planet of relatively low density consisting predominantly of hydrogen and helium, such as Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, or Neptune

red giant British & World English

A very large star of high luminosity and low surface temperature. Red giants are thought to be in a late stage of evolution when no hydrogen remains in the core to fuel nuclear fusion

giant clam British & World English

A very large bivalve mollusc that occurs in the tropical Indo-Pacific

giant deer British & World English

Another term for Irish elk.

giant order British & World English

An order whose columns extend through more than one story

giant reed British & World English

A fast-growing perennial grass native to India that is a principal source for reeds used in musical instruments. In the US it threatens some native plant habitats because of its spreading and dispersal habits

giant-sized British & World English

Of very large size; gigantic

giant squid British & World English

A deep-sea squid which is the largest known invertebrate, reaching a length of 18 m (59 ft) or more

giant toad British & World English

Another term for cane toad.

gentle giant British & World English

A man who is tall and strong but has a quiet, mild nature

giant gourami British & World English

A large edible freshwater fish that is native to Asia. It is widely farmed there and has been introduced elsewhere

giant-killer British & World English

A person or team that defeats a seemingly much more powerful opponent

giant petrel British & World English

The largest petrel, which is found around southern oceans, has a massive bill, and scavenges from carcasses

giant sequoia British & World English

The giant redwood

giant slalom British & World English

A long-distance slalom with fast, wide turns

giant zonure British & World English

Another term for sungazer.

giant anteater British & World English

A large insectivorous mammal with long, coarse fur, large claws, an elongated snout, and a long tongue for catching ants. It is native to Central and South America

giant groundsel British & World English

A large treelike plant of the daisy family, having a thick stem and a few short branches tipped with broad leaves, growing chiefly on high mountains in central and eastern Africa

giant puffball British & World English

A European fungus which produces a spherical white fruiting body with a diameter of up to 80 cm, edible when young

giant tortoise British & World English

A very large tortoise with a long lifespan, occurring on several tropical oceanic islands

giant salamander British & World English

A very large salamander that is native to North America and eastern Asia, in particular:

Giant's Causeway British & World English

A geological formation of basalt columns, dating from the Tertiary period, on the north coast of Northern Ireland. It was once believed to be the end of a road made by a legendary giant to Staffa in the Inner Hebrides, where there is a similar formation

Giant's Causeway New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

geological formation in Northern Ireland

Douglas, Stephen Arnold British & World English

(1813–61), US lawyer and politician; known as the Little Giant. An Illinois Democrat, he was a member of the US House of Representatives 1843–47 and US Senate 1847–61. He is best remembered for the Lincoln-Douglas debates, a series of seven senatorial-campaign debates in 1858 with Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln. He won the Senate seat in 1858, but lost his 1860 bid for the presidency to Lincoln

eland British & World English

A large spiral-horned African antelope which lives in open woodland and grassland

giant-size in giant-sized British & World English

Of very large size; gigantic

panda British & World English

A large bear-like mammal with characteristic black-and-white markings, native to certain mountain forests in China. It feeds almost entirely on bamboo and has become increasingly rare

giant panda in panda1 British & World English

A large bear-like mammal with characteristic black-and-white markings, native to certain mountain forests in China. It feeds almost entirely on bamboo and has become increasingly rare

panda1 British & World English

A large bear-like mammal with characteristic black-and-white markings, native to certain mountain forests in China. It feeds almost entirely on bamboo and has become increasingly rare

supergiant British & World English

A very large star that is even brighter than a giant, often despite being relatively cool

weta British & World English

A large brown wingless insect related to the grasshoppers, with long spiny legs and wood-boring larvae, found only in New Zealand

hogweed British & World English

A large white-flowered weed of the parsley family, native to north temperate regions and formerly used as forage for pigs

redwood British & World English

Either of two giant conifers with thick fibrous bark, native to California and Oregon. They are the tallest known trees and are among the largest living organisms

bird's-nest British & World English

A brownish or yellowish saprophytic flowering plant of the wintergreen family, with scale-like leaves

granadilla British & World English

A passion fruit, or the fruit of a related plant

silk moth British & World English

A large moth with a caterpillar that spins a protective silken cocoon:

silkworm moth British & World English

A large moth with a caterpillar that spins a protective silken cocoon

Little Giant in Douglas, Stephen Arnold British & World English

(1813–61), US lawyer and politician; known as the Little Giant. An Illinois Democrat, he was a member of the US House of Representatives 1843–47 and US Senate 1847–61. He is best remembered for the Lincoln-Douglas debates, a series of seven senatorial-campaign debates in 1858 with Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln. He won the Senate seat in 1858, but lost his 1860 bid for the presidency to Lincoln

giant eland in eland British & World English

A large spiral-horned African antelope which lives in open woodland and grassland

giant petrel in petrel British & World English

A seabird related to the shearwaters, typically flying far from land

giant wetas in weta British & World English

A large brown wingless insect related to the grasshoppers, with long spiny legs and wood-boring larvae, found only in New Zealand

otter shrew British & World English

A semiaquatic mammal of the tenrec family, with a sleek body and long tail, native to central and West Africa

worm shell British & World English

A marine mollusc with a shell that forms loose irregular coils, giving it a worm-like appearance


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