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Noun: Gordian knot  gor-dee-un nót
  1. Any very difficult problem; insoluble in its own terms
  2. An intricate knot tied by Gordius, the king of Phrygia, and cut by the sword of Alexander the Great after he heard that whoever undid it would become ruler of Asia

Derived forms: Gordian knots

Type of: knot, problem

Encyclopedia: Gordian knot