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labyrinthine

[lab-uh-rin-thin, -theen] /ˌlæb əˈrɪn θɪn, -θin/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling a labyrinth.
2.
complicated; tortuous:
the labyrinthine byways of modern literature.
Also, labyrinthian
[lab-uh-rin-thee-uh n] /ˌlæb əˈrɪn θi ən/ (Show IPA),
labyrinthic.
Origin of labyrinthine
1740-1750
First recorded in 1740-50; labyrinth + -ine1
Related forms
labyrinthically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for labyrinthian
Historical Examples
  • Then he retraced his labyrinthian steps in a corresponding swath.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • What an indescribable, unimaginable mass of labyrinthian motions must exist among these myriads of little bodies!

    Aether and Gravitation

    William George Hooper
  • They hit on this plan because they feared an ambush on any of the labyrinthian trails leading off in other unexplored directions.

    The Gilded Man Clifford Smyth
  • The Polish election is the clue to the labyrinthian intrigues and royal tergiversations during the period of the interregnum.

  • A straight course lay open to Cutty, but he chose the labyrinthian because he was obsessed.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • It is a labyrinthian house for its size, this old English Hall,—full of perplexity.

    Doctor Grimshawe's Secret Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The labyrinthian mazes of the immortal mind must be explored and traced from earth to native heaven.

  • He taught them to explore the labyrinthian avenues of human nature—the vast circuit of their own immortal minds.

  • With that, Pedro bade them a fond farewell, and departed along a labyrinthian way they could not follow.

    Unexplored!

    Allen Chaffee
  • I followed those tangled lines and labyrinthian ways into the vital places of our faithful vehicle.

    The Car That Went Abroad

    Albert Bigelow Paine
British Dictionary definitions for labyrinthian

labyrinthine

/ˌlæbəˈrɪnθaɪn/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a labyrinth
2.
resembling a labyrinth in complexity
Derived Forms
labyrinthically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for labyrinthian

labyrinthine

adj.

1630s; see labyrinth + -ine (1). Earlier adjective forms were labyrinthian (1580s); labyrinthial (1540s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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labyrinthian in Medicine

labyrinthine lab·y·rin·thine (lāb'ə-rĭn'thĭn, -thēn')
adj.
Of, relating to, resembling, or constituting a labyrinth.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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