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[ded-l-uh s or, esp. British, deed-l-uh s]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. an Athenian architect who built the labyrinth for Minos and made wings for himself and his son Icarus to escape from Crete.
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Origin of Daedalus

< Latin < Greek Daídalos; see daedal
Related formsDae·da·li·an, Dae·da·le·an [dih-dey-lee-uh n, -deyl-yuh n] /dɪˈdeɪ li ən, -ˈdeɪl yən/, Dae·dal·ic [dih-dal-ik] /dɪˈdæl ɪk/, adjective
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Related Words for daedalean

perplexing, sophisticated, complicated, convoluted, intricate, disturbing, obscure, troublesome, problematic, hard, arduous, fancy, knotty, difficult, winding, byzantine, puzzling, involved, elaborate, mixed

British Dictionary definitions for daedalean


  1. 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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Derived FormsDaedalian or Daedalean (dɪˈdeɪlɪən) or Daedalic (dɪˈdælɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for daedalean


father of Icarus in Greek mythology, builder of the Cretan labyrinth, from Greek Daidalos, literally "the cunning worker," from daidallein "to work artfully."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

daedalean in Culture



In classical mythology, an ingenious inventor, designer of the Labyrinth, and one of the few to escape from it. He was the father of Icarus.

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Daedalus is a symbol of inventiveness and craftsmanship.
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