Pillars of Hercules

noun
the two promontories at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar; according to legend they were formed by Hercules
Instance Hypernyms: ↑geological formation, ↑formation
Part Holonyms: ↑Strait of Gibraltar
Part Meronyms: ↑Gibraltar, ↑Rock of Gibraltar, ↑Calpe, ↑Jebel Musa, ↑Abila, ↑Abyla

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  • Pillars of Hercules — Pillars of Her|cu|les the Pillars of Hercules two very tall rocks on either side of the Strait of ↑Gibraltar, a narrow area of sea at the western end of the Mediterranean Sea. According to ancient Greek stories, the rocks had been moved apart by… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Pillars of Hercules — two headlands on either side of the Strait of Gibraltar, one at Gibraltar (ancient CALPE) & the other at Ceuta (ancient ABYLA) or Jebel Musa, on the coast of Africa …   English World dictionary

  • Pillars of Hercules — The Pillars of Hercules Gibraltar (foreground) and North Africa (background) The Pillars of Hercules (Latin: Columnae Herculis, Greek: Ηράκλειες Στήλες, Spanish: Columnas de Hércules) was the phrase that was applied in Antiquity to the …   Wikipedia

  • Pillars of Hercules — 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; fabled to have been raised by Hercules. Also called Hercules Pillars. * * * Two promontories at the… …   Universalium

  • PILLARS OF HERCULES —    See HERCULES, THE PILLARS OF …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Pillars of Hercules — /ˌpɪləz əv ˈhɜkjəliz/ (say .piluhz uhv herkyuhleez) noun the two promontories on opposite sides of the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar; the Rock of Gibraltar in Europe, and the Jebel Musa in Africa, supposed to have been raised by Hercules …   Australian English dictionary

  • Pillars of Hercules — geographical name the two promontories at E end of Strait of Gibraltar: Rock of Gibraltar (in Europe) & Jebel Musa (in Africa) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Pillars of Hercules — promontories flanking the Straits of Gibraltar Abyla in Africa facing Gibraltar in Europe …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Pillars of Hercules — two promontories on opposite sides of the Strait of Gibraltar …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Pillars of Hercules — Pil′lars of Her′cules n. pl. anq 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 …   From formal English to slang

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