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Word of the Day for Sunday, January 11, 2009

gargantuan \gahr-GAN-choo-uhn\, adjective:

enormous; gigantic; huge

On a marshy peninsula 50 miles from this Red Sea port, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is staking $12.5 billion on a gargantuan bid to catch up with the West in science and technology.
-- Thanassis Cambanis, New York Times, 2007-10-26
But keeping them there, with the night shifts and the erratic parental schedules, was a gargantuan effort.
-- Allison Sherry, Denver Post, 2006-12-18

by 1571, from Gargantua, large-mouthed giant in Rabelais' novels, supposedly from Spanish/Portuguese garganta "gullet, throat," which is from the same imitative root as gargle.

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