- the internal ear, consisting of a bony portion (bony labyrinth) and a membranous portion (membranous labyrinth).
- the aggregate of air chambers in the ethmoid bone, between the eye and the upper part of the nose.
Origin of labyrinth
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As Fox explains in Making Time, a labyrinth of aging pipelines and forgotten wells crisscrosses the city.
As Margalit Fox says at the outset of The Riddle of the Labyrinth, the story of Linear B is well known.Who Actually Cracked Linear B, the Ancient Code of the Mysterious Knossos Labyrinth?|Malcolm Jones|May 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This is wishful thinking: a plunge into the labyrinth with no thread to lead them back out.
As it has come down to us “on the borders of pottery and textiles, the meander resembles a maze or labyrinth.”
But that would be to travel quite a labyrinth of mental associations.Obama’s Speech Took Ideas From the GOP and Rhetoric From Madison Avenue|Lee Siegel|January 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It brooded as broods a man who is seeking his way through a labyrinth of ideas to a conclusion still evading him.The Battle Of The Strong, Complete|Gilbert Parker
She did not realize into what a labyrinth she was penetrating.The Shadow of a Man|E. W. Hornung
But she awoke from her dream frightened, and feeling like one who has lost the clue which was to lead her out of the labyrinth.Evelyn Innes|George Moore
Many attempts have been made to visualise the Labyrinth as it existed in the time of Herodotus.Mazes and Labyrinths|W. H. Matthews
Had he fallen asleep in some other cave, he might still be wandering through the labyrinth.The Caves of Fear|John Blaine
British Dictionary definitions for labyrinth (1 of 2)
- any system of interconnecting cavities, esp those comprising the internal ear
- another name for internal ear
Word Origin for labyrinth
British Dictionary definitions for labyrinth (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for labyrinth
c.1400, laberynthe (late 14c. in Latinate form laborintus) "labyrinth, maze," figuratively "bewildering arguments," from Latin labyrinthus, from Greek labyrinthos "maze, large building with intricate passages," especially the structure built by Daedelus to hold the Minotaur near Knossos in Crete, from a pre-Greek language; perhaps related to Lydian labrys "double-edged axe," symbol of royal power, which fits with the theory that the labyrinth was originally the royal Minoan palace on Crete and meant "palace of the double-axe." Used in English for "maze" early 15c., and in figurative sense of "confusing state of affairs" (1540s).
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In classical mythology, a vast maze on the island of Crete. The great inventor Daedalus designed it, and the king of Crete kept the Minotaur in it. Very few people ever escaped from the Labyrinth. One was Theseus, the killer of the Minotaur.