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Oedipus

noun Oe·di·pus \ ˈe-də-pəs , ˈē- \

Definition of Oedipus

: the son of Laius and Jocasta who in fulfillment of an oracle unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother

Origin and Etymology of oedipus

Latin, from Greek Oidipous

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Oedipus

adjective

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First Known Use of oedipus

1910

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