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daedal

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adjective dae·dal \ˈdē-dəl\

Definition of daedal

  1. 1 a :  skillful, artistic b :  intricate <the computer's daedal circuitry>

  2. 2 :  adorned with many things <visions of cloud and light and daedal earth are the airman's daily scene — Laurence Binyon>



Examples of daedal in a sentence

  1. <the daedal workings of the chime clock are a marvel to behold>



Did You Know?

You might know Daedalus as the mythological prisoner who fashioned wings of feathers and wax to escape from the island of Crete with his son Icarus. But it was as architect and sculptor, one said to have designed a labyrinth for King Minos on Crete, that he earned his name. "Daedalus" (from Greek daidalos) is Latin for skillfully wrought. The same skillful Latin adjective gave English the adjectives "daedal" (in use since the 16th century) and "Daedalian" (or "Daedalean"), a synonym of "daedal."

Origin and Etymology of daedal

Latin daedalus, from Greek daidalos


First Known Use: 1590

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