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.
/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

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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