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MAZE, a network of winding paths, a labyrinth (q.v.). The word means properly a state of confusion or wonder, and is probably of Scandinavian origin; cf. Norw. mas, exhausting labour, also chatter, masa, to be busy, also to worry, annoy; Swed. masa, to lounge, move slowly and lazily, to dream, muse. Skeat (Etym. Diet.) takes the original sense to be probably " to be lost in thought," " to dream," and connects with the root ma-man-, to think, cf. " mind," " man," etc. The word " maze " represents the addition of an intensive suffix.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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