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a. An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one's way; a maze.
b. Labyrinth Greek Mythology The maze in which the Minotaur was confined.
2. A design consisting of a single unbranching but highly convoluted path leading from the outside to the center of a usually circular or square space.
3. Something highly intricate or convoluted in character, composition, or construction: a labyrinth of rules and regulations.
a. A group of complex interconnecting anatomical cavities.
b. See inner ear.
[Middle English laberinthe, from Latin labyrinthus, from Greek laburinthos; possibly akin to labrus, double-headed axe (used as a ritual weapon and a sign of authority in Minoan civilization, so that Greek laburinthos may originally have designated a Minoan palace as "the house of the double-headed axe"), of Lydian origin.]
1. a mazelike network of tunnels, chambers, or paths, either natural or man-made. Compare maze1
2. any complex or confusing system of streets, passages, etc
3. a complex or intricate situation
a. any system of interconnecting cavities, esp those comprising the internal ear
b. another name for internal ear
5. (Electronics) electronics an enclosure behind a high-performance loudspeaker, consisting of a series of air chambers designed to absorb unwanted sound waves
[C16: via Latin from Greek laburinthos, of obscure origin]
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a huge maze constructed for King Minos in Crete by Daedalus to contain the Minotaur
lab•y•rinth(ˈlæb ə rɪnθ)
1. an intricate combination of paths or passages in which it is difficult to find one's way or to reach the exit.
2. a maze of paths bordered by high hedges, as in a park or garden.
3. a complicated or tortuous arrangement or state of things or events; a bewildering complex.
a. the bony cavity or membranous part of the inner ear.
b. the aggregate of air chambers in the ethmoid bone, between the eye and the upper part of the nose.
[1540–50; earlier laborynt < Medieval Latin laborintus, Latin labyrinthus < Greek labýrinthos]
The system of tubes and spaces that make up the inner ear of many vertebrate animals.
Labyrinthan intricate, complicated, or tortuous arrangement.
Examples: labyrinth of islands, 1778; of peristyles and pediments, 1873; of rivulets and canals, 1777; of scattered suburbs, 1843; of small veins and arteries, 1615.
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|Noun||1.||labyrinth - complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost|
system - instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity; "he bought a new stereo system"; "the system consists of a motor and a small computer"
|2.||labyrinth - a complex system of interconnecting cavities; concerned with hearing and equilibrium|
neuroepithelium - epithelium associated with special sense organs and containing sensory nerve endings
sense organ, sensory receptor, receptor - an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation
auditory apparatus - all of the components of the organ of hearing including the outer and middle and inner ears
membranous labyrinth - the sensory structures of the inner ear including the labyrinthine receptors and the cochlea; contained within the bony labyrinth
bony labyrinth, osseous labyrinth - cavity in the petrous part of the temporal bone that contains the membranous labyrinth
endolymph - the bodily fluid that fills the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear
perilymph - the bodily fluid that fills the space between the bony labyrinth and the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear
semicircular canal - one of three tube loops filled with fluid and in planes nearly at right angles with one another; concerned with equilibrium
cochlea - the snail-shaped tube (in the inner ear coiled around the modiolus) where sound vibrations are converted into nerve impulses by the organ of Corti
artery of the labyrinth, internal auditory artery, labyrinthine artery - an artery that is a branch of the basilar artery that supplies the labyrinth
labyrinth[ˈlæbərɪnθ] N → laberinto m
n (lit, fig) → Labyrinth nt
labyrinth[ˈlæbɪrɪnθ] n → labirinto
a place full of long, winding passages; a maze. doolhof تيه، مَتاهَه лабиринт labirinto labyrint das Labyrinth labyrint λαβύρινθοςlaberinto labürint مارپیچ labyrintti labyrintheמבוך भूल भुलैया labirint labirintus labirin völundarhús labirinto 迷路 미궁(迷宮) labirintas labirints jalan yang berselirat doolhoflabyrint, irrganglabirynt پيچ وتاو لرونكى،ګډوډ labirinto labirint лабиринт labyrint labirint lavirint labyrint วงกต labirent 迷宮 лабіринт بھول بھلیاں mê cung 迷宫
1. red de conductos del oído interno cuya función relaciona la audición con el equilibrio del cuerpo;
2. conductos y cavidades que forman un sistema comunicándose entre sí.