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labyrinth
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: maze
CATEGORY: structure
DEFINITION: A building of considerable size, usually underground, containing streets and crossroads, like the catacombs, etc. It was the name given by the ancient Greeks and Romans to buildings, entirely or partly subterranean, containing a number of chambers and passages that rendered egress difficult. Later, especially from the European Renaissance onward, the labyrinth or maze occurred in formal gardens, consisting of intricate paths separated by high hedges.

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