One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of the nature of a colossus; colossal; huge.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Evelyn (1620–1706), diarist and writer. From classical Latin colossēus much larger than life, colossal (from colossus + -ēus; compare Hellenistic Greek κολοσσιαῖος) + -an.
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