From Latin Augeas + -an.
A reference to Augeas, a figure in Greek mythology whose stables were never cleaned until Hercules was given the task of cleaning them.
Augean (comparative more Augean, superlative most Augean)
- Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Augeas.
- Very filthy.
Ariadne’s Thread: A Guide to International Tales Found in Classical Literature by William F. Hansen (2002; Cornell University Press; →ISBN, 9780801436703), page 160
Herakles Cleans the Augean Stables
One of the best-known stories attached to Herakles tells how in one day he removed the dung from King Augeias’s cattle yard, which had not been cleaned in years.