Definition of Gordius

1. Noun. Legendary king of ancient Phrygia who was said to be responsible for the Gordian knot.

Generic synonyms: King, Male Monarch, Rex



Definition of Gordius

1. n. A genus of long, slender, nematoid worms, parasitic in insects until near maturity, when they leave the insect, and live in water, in which they deposit their eggs; -- called also hair eel, hairworm, and hair snake, from the absurd, but common and widely diffused, notion that they are metamorphosed horsehairs.

Medical Definition of Gordius

1. A genus of long, slender, nematoid worms, parasitic in insects until near maturity, when they leave the insect, and live in water, in which they deposit their eggs; called also hair eel, hairworm, and hair snake, from the absurd, but common and widely diffused, notion that they are metamorphosed horsehairs. Origin: NL. See Gordian, 1. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Gordius Pictures

Click the following link to bring up a new window with an automated collection of images related to the term: Gordius Images

Lexicographical Neighbors of Gordius

gorblimey
gorblimy
gorce
gorceixite
gorces
gorcock
gorcocks
gorcrow
gorcrows
gordaite
gordiacea
gordiaceous
gordian
gordita
gorditas
gordius (current term)
gordonite
gore
gorebill
gorebills
gored
gorefest
gorefests
gorehound
gorehounds
gores
gorfly
gorge
gorge-walking
gorge walking

Literary usage of Gordius

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Summarized Proceedings ... and a Directory of Members by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1856)
"ABOUT the middle of June (1853) a neighbor stepped upon and crushed a cricket, from which was immediately seen to crawl a gordius, between ten and twelve ..."

2. Psyche: A Journal of Entomology by Cambridge Entomological Club (1890)
"Feet red ; props of body color, being lighter on the under side. formed by these larvae gave gordius ยก. On June loth, 1889, one of the pupae We can find no ..."

3. The Ottawa Naturalist by Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club (1904)
"Like most vulgar fallacies, this belief has some apparent foundation to rest upon. The elastic, hard, thread-like body of the Hair-eel (gordius ..."

4. Encyclopaedia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature by Francis Lieber, Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1831)
"gordius, a peasant, was raised to the throne of Phrygia. An insurrection having broken out, the inhabitants consulted the oracle concerning a new king. ..."

Other Resources Relating to: Gordius

Search for Gordius on Dictionary.com!Search for Gordius on Thesaurus.com!Search for Gordius on Google!Search for Gordius on Wikipedia!

Search