gorgon

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See also: gorĝon, Gorgón, and Gorgoń

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: gor‧gon

Adjective[edit]

gorgon (comparative more gorgon, superlative most gorgon)

  1. Like a gorgon; very ugly or terrifying.

Noun[edit]

gorgon (plural gorgons)

  1. (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
  2. An intimidating, ugly, or disgusting woman; anything hideous or horrid.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
    "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." — Washington Post, July 1, 2005

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Feldman, Thalia. "Gorgo and the Origins of Fear." Arion 4.3 (1965): 484–494. Print.
  • Chambers's Etymological Dictionary, 1896, p. 208