(Ghyll) n. A ravine. See Gill a woody glen. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Wordsworth.
(||Gial`lo*li"no) n. [It., from giallo yellow, prob. fr. OHG. gelo, G. gelb; akin to E. yellow.] A
term variously employed by early writers on art, though commonly designating the yellow oxide of lead,
or massicot. Fairholt.
(Giam"beux) n. pl. [See Jambeux.] Greaves; armor for the legs. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Gi"ant) n. [OE. giant, geant, geaunt, OF. jaiant, geant, F. géant, L. gigas, fr. Gr. from the
root of E. gender, genesis. See Gender, and cf. Gigantic.]
1. A man of extraordinari bulk and stature.
Giants of mighty bone and bold emprise.Milton.
2. A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.
3. Any animal, plant, or thing, of extraordinary size or power.
Giant's Causeway, a vast collection of basaltic pillars, in the county of Antrim on the northern coast of
Giant cell. (Anat.) See Myeloplax. Giant clam (Zoöl.), a bivalve shell of the genus Tridacna,
esp. T. gigas, which sometimes weighs 500 pounds. The shells are sometimes used in churches to
contain holy water. Giant heron (Zoöl.), a very large African heron It is the largest heron known.
Giant kettle, a pothole of very large dimensions, as found in Norway in connection with glaciers.
See Pothole. Giant powder. See Nitroglycerin. Giant puffball (Bot.), a fungus (Lycoperdon
giganteum), edible when young, and when dried used for stanching wounds. Giant salamander
(Zoöl.), a very large aquatic salamander found in Japan. It is the largest of living Amphibia, becoming a
yard long. Giant squid (Zoöl.), one of several species of very large squids, belonging to Architeuthis
and allied genera. Some are over forty feet long.
(Gi"ant), a. Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son.