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In Greek mythology, each of three sisters, Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa, with snakes for hair, who had the power to turn anyone who looked at them to stone. Medusa was killed by Perseus, and the winged horse Pegasus is said to have sprung from her blood.

In extended usage, gorgon is used for a fierce, frightening, or repulsive woman.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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