Like a gorgon ; very ugly or terrifying.
(Greek mythology) A vicious female monster from Greek mythology with sharp fangs and hair of living, venomous snakes.
An intimidating, ugly, or disgusting woman; anything hideous or horrid.
:"Swilling martinis and spewing venom, Phyllis is a particularly unappetizing gorgon , telling us at one point that an acquaintance of hers is aroused by the Heimlich maneuver." — Washington Post , July 1, 2005
* Chambers's Etymological Dictionary , 1896, p. 208
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(Greek mythology): The only mortal of the three gorgon sisters. She is killed by Perseus. The other two sisters were Euryale and Stheno.
* 1895 , , (w) (editor and translator), Masterpieces of Greek Sculpture: A Series of Essays on the History of Art , 2010, ISBN 9781108017121,
* 2000 , Nannó Marinatos, The Goddess and the Warrior: The Naked Goddess and Mistress of the Animals in Early Greek Religion ,
- On an Attic vase of the middle of the fifth century the head of Medusa' in the hand of Perseus is represented as that of a beautiful woman free from any distortion. This led us to conclude (''supra'', p. 158) that ' Medusa must have been so represented at Athens in the greater arts even previous to this vase, for the vase-painters never invent such bold novelties for themselves.
* 2001', Dennis Berthold, ''Melville's '''Medusas'' , in Sanford E. Marovitz, Athanasios C. Christodoulou (editors), ''Melville "Among the nations": Proceedings of an International Conference, Volos, Greece, July 2-6, 1997 ,
- It will be suggested here that the myth of Perseus, involving the decapitation of Medusa , is a narrative version of ritual.
- But their depictions of Perseus are remarkably different and demonstrate the ambiguity of Medusa' that was seeping into Victorian iconography. In later, Roman versions of the myth, for example Ovid's ''Metamorphoses'', Perseus slays the sea monster with his sword instead of using ' Medusa ’s head to petrify the monster.