Hercules' beetle(Zoöl.), any species of Dynastes, an American genus of very large lamellicorn beetles, esp. D. hercules of South America, which grows to a length of six inches.Hercules' club. (Bot.) (a) An ornamental tree of the West Indies of the same genus with the prickly ash. (b) A variety of the common gourd Its fruit sometimes exceeds five feet in length. (c) The Angelica tree. See under Angelica.Hercules powder, an explosive containing nitroglycerin; — used for blasting.

Herbivore to Heretification

(Her"bi*vore) n. [Cf. F. herbivore.] (Zoöl.) One of the Herbivora. P. H. Gosse.

(Her*biv"o*rous) a. (Zoöl.) Eating plants; of or pertaining to the Herbivora.

(Herb"less) a. Destitute of herbs or of vegetation. J. Warton.

(Herb"let) n. A small herb. Shak.

(Her"bo*rist) n. [F. herboriste.] A herbalist. Ray.

(Her`bo*ri*za"tion) n. [F. herborisation.]

1. The act of herborizing.

2. The figure of plants in minerals or fossils.

(Her"bo*rize) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Herborized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Herborizing ] [F. herboriser, for herbariser, fr. L. herbarium. See Hebrarium.] To search for plants, or new species of plants, with a view to classifying them.

He herborized as he traveled.
W. Tooke.

(Her"bo*rize), v. t. To form the figures of plants in; — said in reference to minerals. See Arborized.

Herborized stones contain fine mosses.
Fourcroy (Trans.)

(Her"bor*ough) n. [See Harborough, and Harbor.] A harbor. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

(Her*bose" Herb"ous) a. [L. herbosus: cf. F. herbeux.] Abounding with herbs. "Fields poetically called herbose." Byrom.

(Herb"-wom`an) n.; pl. Herb-women A woman that sells herbs.

(Herb"y) a. Having the nature of, pertaining to, or covered with, herbs or herbage. "Herby valleys." Chapman.

(Her*cog"a*mous) a. [Gr. a fence + marriage.] (Bot.) Not capable of self- fertilization; — said of hermaphrodite flowers in which some structural obstacle forbids autogamy.

(Her*cu"le*an) a. [L. herculeus, fr. Hercules: cf. F. herculéen. See Hercules.]

1. Requiring the strength of Hercules; hence, very great, difficult, or dangerous; as, an Herculean task.

2. Having extraordinary strength or size; as, Herculean limbs. "Herculean Samson." Milton.

(Her"cu*les) n.

1. (Gr. Myth.) A hero, fabled to have been the son of Jupiter and Alcmena, and celebrated for great strength, esp. for the accomplishment of his twelve great tasks or "labors."

2. (Astron.) A constellation in the northern hemisphere, near Lyra.

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