- A statue of gigantic size. The name was especially applied to certain famous statues in antiquity, as the Colossus of Nero in Rome, the Colossus of Rhodes.
- Any man or beast of gigantic size.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Co*los"sus (?), n.; pl. L.
Colossi (#), E. Colossuses
(#). [L., fr. Gr. &?;.] 1. A statue of
gigantic size. The name was especially applied to certain famous
statues in antiquity, as the Colossus of Nero in Rome, the
Colossus of Apollo at Rhodes.
He doth bestride the narrow world
Like a colossus.
&fist; There is no authority for the statement that the legs
of the Colossus at Rhodes extended over the mouth of the harbor.
Dr. Wm. Smith.
2. Any man or beast of gigantic
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Colossus, any gigantic statue, specially one of Apollo in bronze,
120 ft. high, astride over the mouth of the harbour at Rhodes, reckoned
one of the seven wonders of the world, erected in 280 B.C., destroyed by
an earthquake 56 years after, and sold to a Jew centuries later for old
metal; besides this are celebrated the statue of Memnon at Thebes, the
Colossi of Athene in the Parthenon at Athens, and of Zeus at Olympia and
at Tarentum, as well as others of modern date; for instance, Germania,
112 ft. high, in the Niederwald, and Liberty enlightening the World, 160
ft. high, in New York harbour.
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