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giantism:

see gigantismgigantism,
condition in which an animal or plant is far greater than normal in size. Plants are often deliberately bred to increase their size. However, among animals, gigantism is usually the result of hereditary and glandular disturbance.
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Giantism

See also Tallness.
Albion
son of Neptune and ancestor of England. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
Alcyoneus
one of the Titans. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 17]
Aloeidae
name given to twins Otus and Ephialtes. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 17]
Anakim
race of tall men routed by Joshua. [O.T.: Numbers 13:32–33]
Antaeus
colossal wrestler slain by Hercules. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 38]
Antigonus
giant nicknamed the Hand-Tosser. [Belgian Legend: Walsh Classical, 25]
Ascapart
thirty feet tall; defeated by Sir Bevis. [Medieval Romance: Walsh Classical, 34]
Atlas
Titan condemned to support world on his shoulders. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Handbook, 13]
Babe, the Blue Ox
Paul Bunyan’s gigantic animal-of-all-work. [Am. Folklore: Spiller, 720]
Balan
strong and courageous colossus. [Span. Lit.: Amadis de Gaul]
Balor
Formorian giant with evil eye. [Irish Myth.: Benét, 76]
Beaver, Tony
equals mythical exploits of Paul Bunyan. [Am. Lit.: Up Eel River]
Bellerus
a Cornish giant. [Br. Lit.: Brewer Handbook, 108]
Blunderbore
nursery tale giant killed by Jack. [Br. Lit.: Brewer Dictionary, 128]
Brobdingnag
country of people twelve times the size of men. [Br. Lit.: Gulliver’s Travels]
Bunyan, Paul
legendary lumberjack who accomplished prodigious feats. [Am. Folklore: Brewer Dictionary, 163]
Cardiff giant
a gypsum statue passed off as a petrified prehistoric man till revealed as a hoax (1869). [Am. Hist.: EB (1963), 9: 533]
Clytius
son of Uranus and Gaea. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 64]
Colossos
a gigantic brazen statue 126 ft. high executed by Chares for the harbor at Rhodes. [Gk. Hist.: Brewer Handbook, 226]
Cormoran
nursery tale giant felled by Jack. [Br. Lit.: Brewer Dictionary, 262]
Cyclopes
race of one-eyed, gigantic men. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey; Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights, “Sindbad the Sailor,” Third Voyage]
Egil
giant who watched over Thor’s goats. [Norse Myth.: LLEI, I: 327]
Enceladus
powerful giant whose hisses cause volcanic eruptions. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 88]
Ephialtes and Otus
nine fathoms tall; threatened to battle Olympian gods. [Gk. Myth.: Leach, 39; Gk. Lit.: Iliad]
Ferragus
the Portuguese giant who took the empress Bellisant under his care. [Br. Lit.: “Valentine and Orson” in Brewer Handbook, 364]
Foawr
stone-throwing slaughterer of cattle. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 178]
Galapos
giant slain by King Arthur. [Br. Lit.: History of Arthur, Brewer Handbook, 400]
Gargantua
royal giant who required 17,913 cows for personal milk supply. [Fr. Lit.: Gargantua and Pantagruel]
Glumdalca, Queen
captive giantess in love with Tom. [Br. Lit.: Tom Thumb]
Gog
and Magog two Cornish giants taken captive by Brutus, legendary founder of Britain. [Br. Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 471]
Goliath
towering Philistine giant slain by youthful David. [O.T.: I Samuel 17:49–51]
Jack-in-Irons
gigantic figure that attacks lonely wayfarers. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 237]
Jolly Green Giant
trademark comes alive in animated commercials. [Am. Advertising: Misc.]
Jotunn
race of giants frequently in conflict with gods. [Norse Myth.: Leach, 559]
King Kong
giant ape brought to New York as “eighth wonder of world.” [Am. Cinema: Payton, 367]
Long Meg of Westminster
; 16th-century giantess. [Br. Hist.: Espy, 337]
Lubbard Fiend
brownie of gigantic size. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 270–272]
Miller, Maximilian Christopher
the Saxon giant. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Handbook, 706]
Mimir
gigantic god of primeval ocean. [Norse Myth.: Leach, 728]
Morgante
ferocious giant converted to Christianity. [Ital. Lit.: Morgante Maggiore, Wheeler, 248]
Nephilim
race dwelling in Canaan before Israelites. [O.T.: Genesis 6:4]
Og
giant who attacked Israelites. [O.T.: Deuteronomy 3:2]
Orgoglio
a hideous giant, as tall as three men; son- of Earth and Wind. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Handbook, 780]
Orion
colossus of great beauty and hunting skill. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 271]
Pantagruel
gigantic, virtuous king who needed 4,600 cows to nurse him. [Fr. Lit.: Gargantua and Pantagruel]
Polyphemus
cruel monster; one of the Cyclopes. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
Titans
lawless children of Uranus and Gaea. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 1086]
Tityus
son of Zeus; body covered nine acres. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 368]
Typhon
fire-breathing colossus. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 373]
Utgard
residence of colossi. [Norse Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 1120]
Ymir
father of the giant race. [Norse Myth.: Wheeler, 395]
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