One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to Oedipus; designating or reminiscent of the legend of Oedipus; = Oedipean.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Symmons (d. 1842). From Hellenistic Greek Οἰδιπόδειος of Oedipus (from ancient Greek Οἰδιποδ-, Οἰδίπους + -ειος, suffix forming adjectives) + -an.
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