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  • adj. Alternative form of Gordian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to Gordius, king of Phrygia, or to a knot tied by him; hence, intricate; complicated; inextricable.
  • adj. Pertaining to the Gordiacea.
  • n. One of the Gordiacea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to Gordius, the first king of Phrygia
  • In heraldry, a name sometimes given to the Navarre knot, or the figure of interlinked chains which forms the bearing of the kings of Navarre.
  • n. [lowercase] A complication; a Gordian knot.
  • n. [⟨ Gordius + -an.] A hairworm; one of the Gordiidæ.
  • To tie or bind up; knot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extremely intricate; usually in phrase `Gordian knot'

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