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noun intricacy pronunciation in American English /ˈɪntrɪkəsi/ 
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  1. 1

    intricacies

    [plural] the complicated parts or details of something such as a system or problem
    intricacy of:

    She was familiar with the intricacies of international law.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] a complicated and detailed form or pattern

    The weavers produce rugs of astonishing intricacy.

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