Definition of Delian problem
: the problem of finding the edge of a cube the double in volume of a given cube
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Origin and Etymology of delian problem
so called from the problem posed by the judgment of the Delian oracle in ancient Greece that a plague in Athens could be brought to an end by doubling the size of a cubical altar to Apollo
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