labyrinth

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin labyrinthus, from Ancient Greek λαβύρινθος ‎(labúrinthos, maze), possibly related to Lydian lábrus 'double-edged axe', symbol of royal power, which fits with the theory that the labyrinth was originally the royal Minoan palace on Crete and meant "palace of the double-axe."

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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