from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The typical genus of threadworms of the family Gordiidæ; the hair-worms or hair-eels.
  • noun [lowercase; pl. gordii (-ī).] A species or an individual of the genus Gordius; a gordian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) 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.

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  • noun legendary king of ancient Phrygia who was said to be responsible for the Gordian knot


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