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  • proper n. A heroic fictional character, raised in the jungle by apes.
  • n. A strong man.

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  • n. (sometimes used ironically) a man of great strength and agility (after the hero of a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs)
  • n. a man raised by apes who was the hero of a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Etymologies

A name created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Anyway, QUEST OF TARZAN has two major plots; the first has Tarzan going up against the white savages the Kuvuru, who steal women from everybody including the Waziri, who are the black tribe Tarzan is cool with.

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  • I think there were 19 zip lines, and for fun they had what they called a Tarzan swing.

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  • Burroughs really sits between SF and fantasy (with a touch of proto-superhero in Tarzan), and Moorcock is its own blend of sci-fantasy.

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  • Tarzan is much more the focal character in this book, rather than a sideline character, so that helps.

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  • They end up running into a lion, and cannibals, as you do, when lost in Tarzan's Africa.

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  • The mace has been brutalized at times: Former Conservative minister Michael Heseltine won the nickname Tarzan after swinging it round his head during a heated debate in 1976.

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  • I worked my way through Burroughs entire Mars, Venus, Earth's Core and Tarzan series, and read the 20 or so stand-alone novels that were also out (The Eternal Savage, in which Lord Greystoke has a bit part but isn't revealed as Tarzan, is still a favorite).

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  • But while Tarzan is the "feral child" legend writ large, Fu Manchu is not the "evil genius".

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  • At the mention of his name Tarzan had noted the sickly pallor that overspread the features of the Hun.

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  • Without a word Tarzan of the Apes cut the bonds which held the Frenchman.

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