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Daedalus

[ded-l-uh s or, esp. British, deed-l-uh s] /ˈdɛd l əs or, esp. British, ˈdid l əs/
noun, Classical Mythology
1.
an Athenian architect who built the labyrinth for Minos and made wings for himself and his son Icarus to escape from Crete.
Origin
< Latin < Greek Daídalos; see daedal
Related forms
Daedalian, Daedalean
[dih-dey-lee-uh n, -deyl-yuh n] /dɪˈdeɪ li ən, -ˈdeɪl yən/ (Show IPA),
Daedalic
[dih-dal-ik] /dɪˈdæl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Daedalus

Daedalus

/ˈdiːdələs/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) an Athenian architect and inventor who built the labyrinth for Minos on Crete and fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus to flee the island
Derived Forms
Daedalian, Daedalean (dɪˈdeɪlɪən), Daedalic (dɪˈdælɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for Daedalus

father of Icarus in Greek mythology, builder of the Cretan labyrinth, from Greek Daidalos, literally "the cunning worker," from daidallein "to work artfully."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Daedalus in Culture
Daedalus [(deed-uh-luhs)]

In classical mythology, an ingenious inventor, designer of the Labyrinth, and one of the few to escape from it. He was the father of Icarus.

Note: Daedalus is a symbol of inventiveness and craftsmanship.
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