[ded-l-uh s or, esp. British, deed-l-uh s]
- an Athenian architect who built the labyrinth for Minos and made wings for himself and his son Icarus to escape from Crete.
Origin of Daedalus
< Latin < Greek Daídalos; see daedal
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Examples from the Web for daedalus
No one had ever heard of a saw before, and Daedalus was angry.
But Daedalus, instead of being proud of his nephew, was angrier than before.
On the outer wall of G is Daedalus, making wings for himself and Icarus.Pompeii, Its Life and Art
Daedalus essayed the empty air with wings not permitted to man.The Works of Horace
So it was not hard for him to persuade Daedalus to make his home with him and be the chief of his artisans.Old Greek Stories
- Greek myth an Athenian architect and inventor who built the labyrinth for Minos on Crete and fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus to flee the island
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Word Origin and History for daedalus
father of Icarus in Greek mythology, builder of the Cretan labyrinth, from Greek Daidalos, literally "the cunning worker," from daidallein "to work artfully."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Daedalus is a symbol of inventiveness and craftsmanship.
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