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Labyrinth
Labyrinth or labyrinthine.
In Crete, King Minos had Daedalus construct a maze in which to imprison the monstrous Minotaur. Theseus' greatest achievement was to kill the Minotaur and, with the help of Ariadne's thread, find his way out of the maze, which was known as the labyrinth. Excavations of the complex and vast palace of Cnossus in Crete with its network of rooms seem to substantiate elements of this legend. A labyrinth is a maze and the adjective labyrinthine describes something winding, complicated, and intricate. Labyrinth can also denote anatomical features marked by connecting passages, in particular the structures of the internal ear.
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Lethe
Lethe or lethargy or lethargic or Lethean.
Lethe was the river of "forgetfulness" in the underworld. From it souls would drink and forget their experiences upon being reincarnated. Lethe refers today to a state of oblivion or forgetfulness; lethargy and lethargic denote a state of persistent drowsiness or sluggishness; Lethean characterizes anything that causes forgetfulness of the past.
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Lotus
Odysseus was driven to North Africa and the land of the Lotus Eaters, who consumed the fruit of the lotus and lived in a continual state of dreamy forgetfullness and happy irresponsibility. Today a lotus eater is anyone who succumbs to indolent pleasure. The lotus, a small tree of the Mediterranean, produces the fruit supposedly consumed by the Lotus Eaters; it is also an aquatic plant indigenous to southern Asia.
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