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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
in Greek mythology, was a gigantic wrestler, whose strength was invincible so long as he touched the earth; and every time he was lifted from it, was renewed by touching it again. (See MALE’GAR.)   1
“As once Antæos, on the Libyan strand,
More flerce recovered when he reached the sand.”
Hoole’s Ariosto, book iv.
   It was Hercules who succeeded in killing this charmed giant. He   2
“Lifts proud Antæos from his mother’s plains,
And with strong grasp the struggling giant strains;
Back falls his panting head and clammy hair,
Writhe his weak limbs and flits his life in air.”
Darwin: Economy of Vegetation.

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