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Noun: Gordian knot  gor-dee-un nót
  1. 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
  2. Any very difficult problem; insoluble in its own terms

Derived forms: Gordian knots

Type of: knot, problem

Encyclopedia: Gordian knot