One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or reminiscent of the legend of Oedipus, characteristic of Oedipus; specifically (in early use) clever at guessing riddles; (now frequently) = "Oedipal".
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Francis Quarles (1592–1644), poet. From the name of Oedipus + -ean.
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