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Gorgon

[gawr-guh n] /ˈgɔr gən/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. any of three sister monsters commonly represented as having snakes for hair, wings, brazen claws, and eyes that turned anyone looking into them to stone. Medusa, the only mortal Gorgon, was beheaded by Perseus.
2.
(lowercase) a mean, ugly, or repulsive woman.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin Gorgōn < Greek Gorgṓ, derivative of gorgós dreadful
Related forms
Gorgonian
[gawr-goh-nee-uh n] /gɔrˈgoʊ ni ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Gorgon

/ˈɡɔːɡən/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) any of three winged monstrous sisters, Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa, who had live snakes for hair, huge teeth, and brazen claws
2.
(often not capital) (informal) a fierce or unpleasant woman
Word Origin
via Latin Gorgō from Greek, from gorgos terrible
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Word Origin and History for Gorgon

late 14c., any of the three hideous sisters in Greek legend, whose look turned beholders to stone (Madusa was one of them), from Greek Gorgo (plural Gorgones), from gorgos "terrible," of unknown origin. Transferred sense of "terrifyingly ugly person" is from 1520s.

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