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Definition of DAEDALUS
: the legendary builder of the Cretan labyrinth who makes wings to enable himself and his son Icarus to escape imprisonment
— Dae·da·lian or Dae·da·lean\di-ˈdāl-yən\adjective
Origin of DAEDALUS
Latin, from Greek Daidalos
First Known Use: 1546
In Greek mythology, a brilliant architect, sculptor, and inventor. He was credited with building for King Minos of Crete the Labyrinth in which the Minotaur was kept. When the king turned against Daedalus and imprisoned him, Daedalus secretly made wings for himself and his son Icarus, intending to escape to Sicily. Despite his father's warnings, Icarus flew too close to the sun; the wax holding the feathers to his wings melted, and he fell into the sea and drowned.