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All this year's work, then, has been the threading of the labyrinth.

I wished I had never entered the labyrinth which was leading me, I knew not whither.

To the southeast of it was a section known as the Labyrinth.

These little chambers are surrounded by a labyrinth of passages.

To attempt to find their way through the labyrinth was folly.

Nothing could be discovered upon it, but a labyrinth of wavy and sweepy lines.

The floor, of which the pattern forms a labyrinth, was completed in 1870.

Laughing light-heartedly, they plunged into a labyrinth of dark streets.

I wonder if the Labyrinth mine is so much of a labyrinth after all?

It was an hour before the saloon was found in that labyrinth of cast-iron.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, laberynthe (late 14c. in Latinate form laborintus) "labyrinth, maze," figuratively "bewildering arguments," from Latin labyrinthus, from Greek labyrinthos "maze, large building with intricate passages," especially the structure built by Daedelus to hold the Minotaur near Knossos in Crete, from a pre-Greek language; perhaps related to Lydian labrys "double-edged axe," symbol of royal power, which fits with the theory that the labyrinth was originally the royal Minoan palace on Crete and meant "palace of the double-axe." Used in English for "maze" early 15c., and in figurative sense of "confusing state of affairs" (1540s).

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