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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Definitions for nodus
  1. a difficult or intricate point, situation, plot, etc.

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Citations for nodus
We are approaching the true nodus of our business, difficulty of difficulties ... Thomas Carlyle, History of Friedrich the Second, Called Frederick the Great, 1858–65
It seemed clear that Tom's despair under the caprices of the present tense did not constitute a nodus worthy of interference, and since this was the climax of his difficulties, where was the use of praying for help any longer? George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, 1860
Origin of nodus
1350-1400
Nodus stems from the Latin nōdus meaning "knot." It entered English around 1400.
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