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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A name given to sundry structures composed of winding passages so intricate as to render it difficult to find the way out, and sometimes in. Of these structures the most remarkable were those of Egypt and of Crete. The Egyptian to the E. of Lake Moeris, consisted of an endless number of dark chambers, connected by a maze of passages into which it was difficult to find entrance; and the Cretan, built by Dædalus, at the instance of Minos, to imprison the Minotaur, out of which one who entered could not find his way out again unless by means of a skein of thread. It was by means of this, provided him by Ariadne , Perseus (q. v .) found his way out after slaying the Minotaur ( q. v .).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Labyrinth'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/l/labyrinth.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.