Origin of DaedalusClassical Latin from Classical Greek Daidalos, literally , the artful craftsman from daidalos: see daedal
Gr. Myth. the skillful artist and builder of the Labyrinth in Crete, from which, by means of wings he made, he and his son Icarus escaped
A renowned craftsman, sculptor, and inventor and builder of the Labyrinth. He fashioned the wings with which he and his son Icarus escaped from Crete after their imprisonment by Minos.
- Dae·da′li·an Dae·da′le·an
- Greek mythological figure who crafted the waxen wings of Icarus.
From Latin Daedalus, from Ancient Greek Δαίδαλος (Daidalos).
- The palace, with its wonderful works of art, executed for Minos by the craftsman Daedalus, has ceased to belong to the realms of fancy.
- The extraordinary architectural skill, the sanitary and hydraulic science revealed in details of the building, bring us at the same time face to face with the power of mechanical invention with which Daedalus was credited.
- It was with Sicily, however, that the later Italian history of Minos and his great craftsman Daedalus was extension.
- Here, as in Crete, Daedalus executed great works like the temple of Eryx, and it was on Sicilian soil that Minos, engaged in a western campaign, was said to have met with a violent death at the hands of the native king Kokalos (Cocalus) and his daughters.
- These legends seem primarily to belong to Crete; and the Athenian element in them which connected Daedalus with the royal house of Erechtheus is a later fabrication.