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λα^βύρινθ-ος [υ^], ,
A.labyrinth or maze, a large building consisting of numerous halls connected by intricate and tortuous passages: in Egypt, Hdt.2.148, cf. Str.17.1.37; in Crete, Call.Del.311, D.S.1.61: pl., “σπήλαια καὶ ἐν αὐτοῖς οἰκοδομητοὶ λαβύρινθοιStr.8.6.2; name of a building at Rome, IG14.1093; also at Miletus, Milet.7.56, Supp.Epigr.4.446 (iii/ii B. C., pl.).
2. prov. of tortuous questions or arguments, “ὥσπερ εἰς λ. ἐμπεσόντες, οἰόμενοι ἤδη ἐπὶ τέλει εἶναι περικάμψαντες πάλιν ὥσπερ ἐν ἀρχῇ . . ἀνεφάνημεν ὄντεςPl.Euthd.291b; “λαβυρίνθων σκολιώτεραD.H.Th.40; “λόγοι λαβυρίνθοις ὅμοιοιLuc.Bis Acc.21; “λόγων λαβύρινθοιId.Icar.29; of ant-hills, Gal.UP1.3; of the rete mirabile Galeni, Id.5.608; of Lycophron's poem. AP9.191; as name of a philosopher, Luc.Symp.6.
II. any wreathed or coiled up body, εἰνάλιος λ. the twisted sea-snail, AP6.224 (Theodorid.); ἐκ σχοίνων λ. bow-net of rushes, Theoc.21.11.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (8):
    • Herodotus, Histories, 2.148
    • Plato, Euthydemus, 291b
    • Strabo, Geography, 17.1.37
    • Strabo, Geography, 8.6.2
    • Lucian, Symposium, 6
    • Lucian, Icaromenippus, 29
    • Diodorus, Historical Library, 1.61
    • Dionysius of Halicarnassus, De Thucydide, 40
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