from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Exceedingly filthy from long neglect.
  • adj. Requiring heroic efforts of cleaning or correction: the Augean task of reforming the bureaucracy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Augeas.
  • adj. Hence, very filthy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Augeus, king of Elis, whose stable contained 3000 oxen, and had not been cleaned for 30 years. Hercules cleansed it in a single day.
  • adj. Hence: Exceedingly filthy or corrupt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Augeas or Augeias, one of the Argonauts, and afterward king of Elis, or resembling his stables; hence, very filthy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extremely filthy from long neglect


After Augeas, legendary Greek king who did not clean his stable for thirty years.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A reference to Augeas, a figure in Greek mythology whose stables were never cleaned until Hercules was given the task of cleaning them. (Wiktionary)


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