Gordius Gor"di*us, n. [NL. See {Gordian}, 1.] (Zo["o]l.) A genus of long, slender, nematoid worms, parasitic in insects until near maturity, when they leave the insect, and live in water, in which they deposit their eggs; -- called also {hair eel}, {hairworm}, and {hair snake}, from the absurd, but common and widely diffused, notion that they are metamorphosed horsehairs. [1913 Webster]

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  • Gordĭus — (Wasserkalb), Gattung aus der Familie der Fadenwürmer, mit rundem Kopfe, keinem od. doch wenig deutlichem Munde, das Männchen kleiner u. am Ende in zwei Fäden gespalten, mehrere Zoll lang, dünn wie ein Zwirnsfaden, weißlich od. bräunlich, am Ende …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Gordĭus — Gordĭus, s. Wasserkalb …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Gordius — Gordĭus, alter König von Phrygien, gründete die Stadt Gordĭum, wo Alexander d. Gr. 333 v. Chr. den sog. Gordischen Knoten, an dessen Lösung die Herrschaft von Asien geknüpft sein sollte, angeblich mit dem Schwert zerhieb; daher übertragen… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Gordius — D étymologie grecque, d après Gordius ou Gordias, légendaire roi de Phrygie[1], Gordius est un prénom masculin, fêté le 3 janvier[2]. Il a pour variante Gordien. Sommaire 1 Personnes portant ce prénom …   Wikipédia en Français

  • GORDIUS — I. GORDIUS Rex Phrygiae, Midae pater, ex Telmissiana puella, quae ipsi suaserat, ut, sub Regis titulo, Iovi faceret: Rusticus alioquin et ignobilis, ideo tamen, omine aquilae aratro insidentis praevio, Rex designatus et consalutatus ab omnibus,… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Gordius — An old name for the nematode genus Dracunculus, properly applied to members of the phylum Nematomorpha, commonly called the gordian or horsehair worms, hair worms, or hair snakes. [L., fr. G. Gordios, king of Gordium in Phrygia; an allusion to… …   Medical dictionary

  • GORDIUS —    a boor, the father of MIDAS (q.v.), who was proclaimed king of Phrygia because he happened, in response to the decree of an oracle, to be the first to ride into Gordium during a particular assembly of the people; he rode into the city on a… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Gordius — n. King in Greek Mythology who tied the Gordian Knot (an oracle prophesied that whoever untied the knot would rule over Asia) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Gordius — noun legendary king of ancient Phrygia who was said to be responsible for the Gordian knot • Instance Hypernyms: ↑king, ↑male monarch, ↑Rex * * * Gorˈdius noun A genus of hairworms • • • Main Entry: ↑Gordian …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gordius of Cappadocia — Gordius (in Greek Γoρδιoς), a Cappadocian by birth, was the instrument of Mithridates Eupator (120 ndash;63 BC), king of Pontus, in his attempts to annex Cappadocia to Pontus. Gordius was employed by him, in 116 BC, to murder Ariarathes VI, king… …   Wikipedia

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