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Gordian adj : extremely intricate; usually in phrase "gordian knot"

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From Gordium, derived from Greek Γορδιον (Gordion), the capital city of ancient Phrygia


  1. Of or pertaining to Gordium, capital of Phrygia (now Yassihüyük in Turkey).
  2. Of the Gordian knot.
  3. Twisted; convoluted; tied as a knot.


  • 1667 — John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book IV
    close the serpent sly, / Insinuating, wove with Gordian twine / His braided train
  • 1819 — John Keats, Lamia
    Until he found a palpitating snake,Bright, and cirque-couchant in a dusky brake.She was a gordian shape of dazzling hue,Vermilion-spotted, golden, green, and blue.
  • 2005 — Lance Parkin, The Gallifrey Chronicles, p 205
    When you put it that way it was so simple, so self-explanatory, so beautiful, so obvious that what had seemed the most Gordian problem was instantly almost mundane, and its elegance was its own proof.

See also

Extensive Definition

Gordian may refer to:
  • Saint Gordianus, see article Gordianus and Epimachus
  • Gordian I, Roman emperor
  • Gordian II, Roman emperor, son of Gordian I
  • Gordian III, Roman emperor, grandson of Gordian I
  • Gordian Warrior, Japanese super robot anime in 1979 also known as Tōshi Gordian
  • Gordianus the Finder, the main character in Steven Saylor's detective novels in the Roman Empire, starting with Roman Blood
  • Gordian worms, a phylum of parasitic worms whose larvae infect beetles, cockroaches, grasshoppers and crustaceans, also commonly known as horsehair worms
Gordian in Catalan: Gordià
Gordian in Modern Greek (1453-): Γορδιανός
Gordian in Hungarian: Gordianus
Gordian in Dutch: Gordianus
Gordian in Polish: Gordian
Gordian in Finnish: Gordianus
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