λαβύρινθος

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unknown;[1] likely Pre-Greek (whence Mycenaean Greek 𐀅𐀢𐀪𐀵𐀍 (da-pu-ri-to-jo)). Possibly from Lydian 𐤩𐤠𐤡𐤭𐤧𐤳 (labrys, 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).

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

λᾰβῠ́ρῐνθος (labúrinthosm (genitive λᾰβῠρῐ́νθου); second declension

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

Inflection[edit]

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill
  2. ^ LABYRINTHUS in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin

Greek[edit]

Noun[edit]

λαβύρινθος (lavýrinthosm (plural λαβύρινθοι)

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

Declension[edit]