What does Augean mean?

Augean meaning in General Dictionary

Of or with respect to Augeus master of Elis whose steady contained 3000 oxen together with maybe not been washed for 30 years Hercules cleansed it in one time

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  • exceedingly filthy from long neglect
  • Of or pertaining to Augeus, master of Elis, whoever stable included 3000 oxen, and had perhaps not already been cleansed for three decades. Hercules cleansed it in one single day.
  • therefore: extremely filthy or corrupt.

Augean meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"filthy," 1590s, in reference to Augean stable, the cleansing that had been one of several labors of Herakles, from Greek Augeias, like the stable of Augeas, master of Elis, which included 3,000 oxen and had gone uncleansed for three decades. Herakles purified it in a single time by turning the lake Alpheus through it.


Augean meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Of or related to Augeus, master of Elis, whose steady contained 3000 oxen, along with not been washed for three decades. Hercules cleansed it in a single time.

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  • (a.) thus: Exceedingly filthy or corrupt.