dae·​dal | \ ˈdē-dᵊl How to pronounce daedal (audio) \

Definition of daedal

b : intricate the computer's daedal circuitry
2 : adorned with many things visions of cloud and light and daedal earth are the airman's daily scene— Laurence Binyon

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Daedal and Greek Myth

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.

Examples of daedal in a Sentence

the daedal workings of the chime clock are a marvel to behold

First Known Use of daedal

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for daedal

Latin daedalus, from Greek daidalos

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“Daedal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daedal. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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