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Gordius

(gōr'dē-ŭs),
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 the knotlike twistings of these worms]

Gordius,

in Greek mythology, a peasant in a cart who became the king of Phrygia after an oracle's prediction; he tied his cart to a pole with a complicated knot which was later severed, legend has it, by Alexander the Great.
Gordius worm - long, thin parasites resembling horse hairs, often existing in an intricately tangled mass. Synonym(s): horse hair worm
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Various theorists from Walter Benjamin to Rosalind Krauss have attempted to unravel the Gordian knot that links painting and photography; none has yet discovered Alexander's sword.
PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades said last night the return of the fenced area of Famagusta (Varosha) was a priority and not a slogan, and is perhaps "the knife that will cut the Gordian Knot" of the Cyprus problem.
Which soldier was said to have cut the Gordian Knot? 2.
Purcell's Suite from Abdelazer and The Gordian Knot Untied, arranged by Catherine Mackintosh, gave us the chance to the rondeau - used by Britten in his Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra - in its original form and ended with a sprightly Lilliburlero.
I am suggesting that Darboven's installation was an unresolvable contradiction, a Gordian knot of alienation.
It's vital we have the boldness to cut this Gordian Knot and ask for legislation to review the whole Merseyside region Cllrs Steve Radford, Hazel Williams and Kevin Morrison, Liberal Party Group
However, after originally promising this legislation by the end of 2008, only recently did the Minister of the Interior boast that he had finally cut the Gordian Knot, his oft-used phrase for this mess, by getting certain bills passed by parliament," said CPAG's O'Hare.
My colleagues and I cut the Gordian knot and pulled them down.
The 1972 amendments cut through this regulatory Gordian knot by establishing uniform, technology-based standards.
Reform condemned "the Gordian knot of political control" over the exams system for demotivating teachers and making lessons dull for pupils.
Which highlights a poet who tended to confuse the romantic with the grotesque and who finally embraced death gratefully as a serving soldier during the First World War, since it seemed the only way to cut the Gordian knot of his hopelessly tangled emotional life which involved numerous women from here to Tahiti.