Giant cell
Giant Gi"ant, a. Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son. [1913 Webster]

{Giant cell}. (Anat.) See {Myeloplax}.

{Giant clam} (Zo["o]l.), 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} (Zo["o]l.), a very large African heron ({Ardeomega goliath}). 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} (Zo["o]l.), a very large aquatic salamander ({Megalobatrachus maximus}), found in Japan. It is the largest of living Amphibia, becoming a yard long.

{Giant squid} (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of very large squids, belonging to {Architeuthis} and allied genera. Some are over forty feet long. [1913 Webster]


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