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Gorgons are monstrous beings originating from Ancient Greek mythology. Their most prominent feature is their hair, which is made up of snakes, though they also traditionally sport wings, brazen claws, boar tusks, and scaly skin. Modern depictions often reimagine gorgons with only snake hair or extend the snake theme to the rest of the body. The defining ability of a gorgon is that their stare turns those who look at them to stone. In original Greek mythology, gorgons were precisely and exclusively female, as in, female creatures. In Monster High, they are also available to be male as well.
The word "Gorgon" is of Ancient Greek origin, being Gorgō (Γοργώ, singular) and Gorgónes (Γοργόνες, plural) in standardized Ancient Greek. The term comes from the word "gorgos" (γοργός), which can be translated as "grim", "ugly", "fierce", and "terrible".
Traditionally, there are only three gorgons: Medusa and her sisters Stheno and Euryale. The meaning of "Medusa" (Μέδουσα) means "jellyfish", but generally taken to be "queen" or "guardian". "Stheno" (Σθεννώ) means "strength", while "Euryale" (Εὐρυάλη) means "far-roaming".
All known gorgons live on Petros Island in Greece. "Petros" is Ancient Greek for "rock" or "stone".
Although in the Greek myth of Perseus and Medusa the reflection of a Gorgon's stare had no effect, Deuce has been stoned twice by his own reflection: once in "Freakout Friday" and once in "Escape From Skull Shores".
- One of 2013 Create-A-Monster doll sets is a gorgon.