Oed·i·pus (ĕdə-pəs, ēdə-)
A son of Laius and Jocasta, who was abandoned at birth and unwittingly killed his father and then married his mother.
[Latin, from Greek Oidipous : oidein, to swell + pous, foot; see OCTOPUS.]
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