Word of the Week: Gorgan

Gorgon is a noun and defined as any of three snake-haired sisters in Greek mythology whose appearance turns the beholder to stone. The term Gorgon derives from the Ancient Greek word gorgós meaning grim or dreadful. The term gorgós comes from the same root word as the Sanskrit word garjana meaning guttural sound.

Gorgons are popular creatures in Greek mythology. They are known to turn people into stone by just their gaze. In Ancient Greece, images of Gorgons were put on the front of buildings to protect the inhabitants and repel danger. In today’s pop culture, the most popular Greek Gorgon is the snake-haired, winged human female whose stare turns people into stone—Medusa.  

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 “Gorgon,” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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