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[sahy-klops] /ˈsaɪ klɒps/
noun, plural Cyclopes
[sahy-kloh-peez] /saɪˈkloʊ piz/ (Show IPA)
Classical Mythology. a member of a family of giants having a single round eye in the middle of the forehead.
(lowercase) a freshwater copepod of the genus Cyclops, having a median eye in the front of the head.
Origin of Cyclops
< Greek Kýklōps, literally, round-eye, equivalent to kýkl(os) a circle, round + ṓps eye

Antigonus I

[an-tig-uh-nuh s] /ænˈtɪg ə nəs/
(Cyclops) 382?–301 b.c, Macedonian general under Alexander the Great. Unabridged
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  • The Cyclops roared and leaped to his feet, and shouted for help to the other giants who lived in the neighbouring caves.

  • We thrust the burning stick into the Cyclops' eye and put it out.

  • He is the Cyclops, the arch-pirate, to whom we owe our passage!

    The Satyricon, Complete Petronius Arbiter
  • The evolution of this new order from the savage Cyclops is hinted in the poem.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • Ninety families of degenerates, averaging eleven children each, had five cases of Cyclops.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • Polyphemus is a Cyclops but he has characteristics of his own.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • Next to the Cyclops I am not sure what play would come, but the Alcestis would not be far off.

  • But the Cyclops scoffs at Zeus and the rest of the Gods: "we are their betters."

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • As Ulysses was not made wise by escaping from the Cyclops, but by being wise before he escaped.

British Dictionary definitions for Cyclops


noun (pl) cyclops, cyclopes (saɪˈkləʊpiːz)
any copepod of the genus Cyclops, characterized by having one eye


noun (pl) Cyclopes (saɪˈkləʊpiːz), Cyclopses
(classical myth) one of a race of giants having a single eye in the middle of the forehead, encountered by Odysseus in the Odyssey See also Polyphemus
Word Origin
C15: from Latin Cyclōps, from Greek Kuklōps, literally: round eye, from kuklos circle + ōps eye

Antigonus I

known as Cyclops. 382–301 bc, Macedonian general under Alexander the Great; king of Macedon (306–301)
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Word Origin and History for Cyclops



(plural cyclopes), 1510s, from Latin, from Greek kyklops, literally "round-eyed," from stem of kyklos (see cycle (n.)) + -ops (see eye (n.)). One of a race of one-eyed giants who forged thunderbolts for Zeus, built the walls of Mycenae, etc.

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Cyclops in Culture
Cyclops [(seye-klops)]

plur. Cyclopes

One-eyed giants in classical mythology. One Cyclops imprisoned Odysseus and his men during their voyage back to Greece after the Trojan War. Odysseus managed to trick the Cyclops and put out his eye. Odysseus and his men were then able to escape.

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