[ gawr-guh-nee-on ]
/ ˌgɔr gəˈni ɒn /
noun, plural gor·go·nei·a [gawr-guh-nee-uh] /ˌgɔr gəˈni ə/.
a representation of the head of a Gorgon, especially that of Medusa.
Origin of gorgoneion
1835–45; < Greek, equivalent to Gorgōn-, stem of Gorgṓ Gorgon + -eion neuter adj. suffix
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Examples from the Web for gorgoneion
On its exterior surface is a Gorgoneion upon an aegis; in the interior is an allegorical design, relating to the Nile flood.
A head of Medusa, or Gorgoneion, encircled by two serpents, forms 100 the centre of the composition on the fragment.
British Dictionary definitions for gorgoneion
/ (ˌɡɔːɡəˈniːɒn) /
noun plural -neia (-ˈniːə)
a representation of a Gorgon's head, esp Medusa's
Word Origin for gorgoneion
C19: from Greek, from gorgoneios of a Gorgon
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