Definition of gorgon
1 capitalized : any of three snake-haired sisters in Greek mythology whose appearance turns the beholder to stone
2 : an ugly or repulsive woman
Gorgonianplay \gȯr-ˈgō-nē-ən\ adjective
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The Gorgons were three monstrous sisters in Greek mythology, the most famous of whom was Medusa. They had snakes for hair, and anyone who looked directly at them was immediately turned to stone. Medusa herself was finally beheaded by the hero Perseus, who avoided looking straight at her by instead watching her reflection in his mirrorlike shield. Today the familiar types of jellyfish, with long snakelike tentacles descending from their headlike bodies, are known as medusas.
Origin and Etymology of gorgon
Latin Gorgon-, Gorgo, from Greek Gorgōn
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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