gordius definition

  • noun:
    • A genus of lengthy, slender, nematoid worms, parasitic in bugs until near readiness, when they leave the pest, and reside in liquid, which they deposit their particular eggs; -- called also tresses eel, hairworm, and tresses snake, from outrageous, but common and extensively diffused, idea that they're metamorphosed horsehairs.
    • the standard genus of threadworms of family Gordiidæ; the hair-worms or hair-eels.
    • [lowercase; pl. gordii (-ī).] A species or an individual associated with genus Gordius; a gordian.
    • popular master of old Phrygia who was simply reported to be responsible for the Gordian knot

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