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labyrinthine

[lab-uh-rin-thin, -theen]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resembling a labyrinth.
  2. complicated; tortuous: the labyrinthine byways of modern literature.
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Also lab·y·rin·thi·an [lab-uh-rin-thee-uh n] /ˌlæb əˈrɪn θi ən/, lab·y·rin·thic.

Origin of labyrinthine

First recorded in 1740–50; labyrinth + -ine1
Related formslab·y·rin·thi·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words

meanderingtortuouswindingtangledconvolutedintricateserpentinetwistingcomplexelaboratesinuouswanderingzigzagmazy

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British Dictionary definitions for labyrinthine

labyrinthine

labyrinthian (ˌlæbəˈrɪnθɪən) or labyrinthic (ˌlæbəˈrɪnθɪk)

adjective
  1. of or relating to a labyrinth
  2. resembling a labyrinth in complexity
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Derived Formslabyrinthically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for labyrinthine

adj.

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

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labyrinthine in Medicine

labyrinthine

(lăb′ə-rĭnthĭn, -thēn′)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, resembling, or constituting a labyrinth.
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