Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.


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.
..... Click the link for more information.


See also Tallness.
son of Neptune and ancestor of England. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
one of the Titans. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 17]
name given to twins Otus and Ephialtes. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 17]
race of tall men routed by Joshua. [O.T.: Numbers 13:32–33]
colossal wrestler slain by Hercules. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 38]
giant nicknamed the Hand-Tosser. [Belgian Legend: Walsh Classical, 25]
thirty feet tall; defeated by Sir Bevis. [Medieval Romance: Walsh Classical, 34]
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]
strong and courageous colossus. [Span. Lit.: Amadis de Gaul]
Formorian giant with evil eye. [Irish Myth.: Benét, 76]
Beaver, Tony
equals mythical exploits of Paul Bunyan. [Am. Lit.: Up Eel River]
a Cornish giant. [Br. Lit.: Brewer Handbook, 108]
nursery tale giant killed by Jack. [Br. Lit.: Brewer Dictionary, 128]
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]
son of Uranus and Gaea. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 64]
a gigantic brazen statue 126 ft. high executed by Chares for the harbor at Rhodes. [Gk. Hist.: Brewer Handbook, 226]
nursery tale giant felled by Jack. [Br. Lit.: Brewer Dictionary, 262]
race of one-eyed, gigantic men. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey; Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights, “Sindbad the Sailor,” Third Voyage]
giant who watched over Thor’s goats. [Norse Myth.: LLEI, I: 327]
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]
the Portuguese giant who took the empress Bellisant under his care. [Br. Lit.: “Valentine and Orson” in Brewer Handbook, 364]
stone-throwing slaughterer of cattle. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 178]
giant slain by King Arthur. [Br. Lit.: History of Arthur, Brewer Handbook, 400]
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]
and Magog two Cornish giants taken captive by Brutus, legendary founder of Britain. [Br. Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 471]
towering Philistine giant slain by youthful David. [O.T.: I Samuel 17:49–51]
gigantic figure that attacks lonely wayfarers. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 237]
Jolly Green Giant
trademark comes alive in animated commercials. [Am. Advertising: Misc.]
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]
gigantic god of primeval ocean. [Norse Myth.: Leach, 728]
ferocious giant converted to Christianity. [Ital. Lit.: Morgante Maggiore, Wheeler, 248]
race dwelling in Canaan before Israelites. [O.T.: Genesis 6:4]
giant who attacked Israelites. [O.T.: Deuteronomy 3:2]
a hideous giant, as tall as three men; son- of Earth and Wind. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Handbook, 780]
colossus of great beauty and hunting skill. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 271]
gigantic, virtuous king who needed 4,600 cows to nurse him. [Fr. Lit.: Gargantua and Pantagruel]
cruel monster; one of the Cyclopes. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
lawless children of Uranus and Gaea. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 1086]
son of Zeus; body covered nine acres. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 368]
fire-breathing colossus. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 373]
residence of colossi. [Norse Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 1120]
father of the giant race. [Norse Myth.: Wheeler, 395]
References in periodicals archive ?
Two factors underlay the latest chapter of factory giantism.
But financial giantism - private or public - isn't the answer.
Giantism produces an atmosphere more like a corporate headquarters than a partnership.
From the explosive release of energy in this medium, Cade billows into a crude giantism, gains the primal force of archetype; and through the carnivalesque collapse of Chronicle realism, his philosophic contradictions become ludic, rather than ludicrous, naturalized into familiar shows of hilarity.
Although its 1965 film version Village of the Giants adopted that premise, it reached the opposite conclusion saying such giantism was bad, in its apparent timely appeal to the youth culture of the day.
Overgrowth of the bones and tissues can also occur, causing giantism of toes, hands and feet.
It is almost axiomatic that, under present insurance trends, giantism among your corporate customers will lead them into the formation of various corporate forms for self-insurance.
Inheritance and linkage relationships of genes conditioning hullossness, multiflorous spikelet, and giantism in oat (Avena sativa L.
Today we suffer from an almost universal idolatry of giantism,' E.
6 billion AOL-Time Warner merger suggested that the creeping giantism is continuing.
But it now seems equally obvious that the larger the organization, given the convolutions of its myriad divisions, subsidiaries, third-party providers, and alliances, the easier it becomes to create a shadow universe of financial manipulation that ultimately threatens the welfare of all who trust and invest in such corporate giantism.