labyrinth

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin labyrinthus, from Ancient Greek λαβύρινθος (labúrinthos, maze), possibly from an Anatolian language (compare Lydian lábrus 'double-edged axe' and -inthos, a suffix typical of Anatolian placenames), although the actual etymology of labyrinth is still a matter of conjecture.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlæb.(ə)ɹ.ɪnθ/, /ˈlæb.ɪ.ɹɪnθ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈlæb.ɚ.ɪnθ/, /ˈlæb.ɹɪnθ/
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Noun[edit]

labyrinth (plural labyrinths)

  1. A maze, especially underground or covered.
  2. Part of the inner ear.
  3. (figuratively) Anything complicated and confusing, like a maze.

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Verb[edit]

labyrinth (third-person singular simple present labyrinths, present participle labyrinthing, simple past and past participle labyrinthed)

  1. To enclose in a labyrinth, or as though in a labyrinth.
  2. To arrange in the form of a labyrinth.

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