Gordian adj : extremely intricate; usually in phrase "gordian knot"
EtymologyFrom Gordium, derived from Greek Γορδιον (Gordion), the capital city of ancient Phrygia
- 1667 — John Milton,
Lost, Book IV
- close the serpent sly, / Insinuating, wove with Gordian twine / His braided train
- 1819 — John Keats,
- 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.
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