intricateness

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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