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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gordian  \Gor"di*an\,  a. 
  1.  Pertaining  to  Gordius,  king  of  Phrygia,  or  to  a  knot  tied 
  by  him  hence  intricate;  complicated;  inextricable. 
 
  {Gordian  knot},  an  intricate  knot  tied  by  Gordius  in  the 
  thong  which  connected  the  pole  of  the  chariot  with  the 
  yoke.  An  oracle  having  declared  that  he  who  should  untie 
  it  should  be  master  of  Asia,  Alexander  the  Great  averted 
  the  ill  omen  of  his  inability  to  loosen  it  by  cutting  it 
  with  his  sword.  Hence  a  Gordian  knot  is  an  inextricable 
  difficulty;  and  to  cut  the  Gordian  knot  is  to  remove  a 
  difficulty  by  bold  and  energetic  measures. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  Pertaining  to  the  Gordiacea. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gordian  \Gor"di*an\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  One  of  the  Gordiacea. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gordian 
  adj  :  extremely  intricate;  usually  in  phrase  "gordian  knot" 




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