intricate

[in-tri-kit]
adjective
1.
having many interrelated parts or facets; entangled or involved: an intricate maze.
2.
complex; complicated; hard to understand, work, or make: an intricate machine.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin intrīcātus, past participle of intrīcāre to entangle, equivalent to in- in-2 + trīc(ae) perplexities + -ātus -ate1

intricately, adverb
intricateness, noun
unintricate, adjective
unintricately, adverb
unintricateness, noun


1. knotty, tangled, labyrinthine.
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intricate (ˈɪntrɪkɪt)
 
adj
1.  difficult to understand; obscure; complex; puzzling
2.  entangled or involved: intricate patterns
 
[C15: from Latin intrīcāre to entangle, perplex, from in-² + trīcae trifles, perplexities]
 
'intricacy
 
n
 
'intricateness
 
n
 
'intricately
 
adv

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intricate
c.1470, from L. intricatus "entangled," pp. of intricare "to entangle, perplex, embarrass," from in- "in" + tricæ (pl.) "perplexities, hindrances, toys, tricks," of uncertain origin (cf. extricate).
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Example sentences
The process is intricately choreographed, and timing is everything.
The shirt is usually white, intricately embroidered and plaited and made of
  cotton or linen.
We may have to wait for more intricately preserved fossils to be sure.
Human affairs have therefore been intricately related to water.
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