MEANING:MM adjective: Ingenious; skillful; intricate; artistic.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin daedalus (skillful), from Greek daidalos. Earliest documented use: 1590. A related word is logodaedaly.

NOTES: In Greek mythology, Daedalus was an architect and craftsman who built the labyrinth for King Minos of Crete. When the king imprisoned him so the knowledge of the labyrinth wouldn’t spread, Daedalus made wings for himself and his son Icarus.

DANDAL - what you do to a baby on your knee

DAMEDAL - a mild imprecation, these days...

DEEDAL - a kind of dumpling, preferred by my son John when repeated