An example of a labyrinth is a corn field maze on Halloween.
An example of a labyinth is the IRS tax code.
A labyrinth of rules and regulations.
Origin of labyrinth
- Middle English laberinthe from Latin labyrinthus from Greek laburinthos possibly akin to labrus double-headed ax (used as a ritual weapon and a sign of authority in Minoan civilization, so that Greek laburinthos may originally have designated a Minoan palace as “the house of the double-headed ax”) of Lydian origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin labyrinthus, from Ancient Greek λαβύρινθος (labúrinthos, “maze”), possibly from an Anatolian language (compare Lydian lábrus 'double-edged axe' and -inthos, a suffix typical of Anatolian placenames), although the actual etymology of labyrinth is still a matter of conjecture.