From Ancient Greek Γοργώ (Gorgṓ), from γοργός (gorgós, “terrible”). Possibly from the same root as the Sanskrit word "garğ" which is defined as a guttural sound, similar to the growling of a beast, thus possibly originating as an onomatopoeia.
gorgon (plural gorgons)
- (Greek mythology) A vicious female monster from Greek mythology with sharp fangs and hair of living, venomous snakes. One of the three sisters: Medusa, Stheno and Euryale
- An intimidating, ugly, or disgusting woman; anything hideous or horrid.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
- 2005 July 1, Washington Post:
- Swilling martinis and spewing venom, Phyllis is a particularly unappetizing gorgon, telling us at one point that an acquaintance of hers is aroused by the Heimlich maneuver.
gorgon (not comparable)
- ^ Feldman, Thalia. "Gorgo and the Origins of Fear." Arion 4.3 (1965): 484–494. Print.
- Chambers's Etymological Dictionary, 1896, p. 208