λαβύρινθος

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Uncertain[1] - likely Pre-Greek. Possibly from Lydian 𐤩𐤠𐤡𐤭𐤧𐤳 (double-edged axe), a royal symbol, as λαβύρινθος supposedly originally referred to a Minoan palace on Crete.[2] See also λάβρυς (lábrus, axe) and λαύρα (laúra, lane, passage).

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Noun[edit]

λαβύρινθος (labúrinthos) (genitive λαβυρίνθου) m, second declension

  1. labyrinth, a building composed of numerous winding halls
  2. something obscure, inscrutable
  3. coil, tangle

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert S. P. Beekes (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers
  2. ^ Smith, William, ed., A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: John Murray

Greek[edit]

Noun[edit]

λαβύρινθος (lavýrinthosm (plural λαβύρινθοι)

  1. maze, labyrinth
  2. (anatomy) labyrinth (part of inner ear)

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