- 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
- Cyclops, 382?–301 b.c., Macedonian general under Alexander the Great.
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At dawn the Cyclops woke, and his awakening was like a thunderstorm.
The Cyclops tasted the wine and laughed with delight so that the cave shook.
I never associate Vulcan and his Cyclops with the idea of a forge.Lavengro
It is sufficient that the ambiguity was such as to deceive the friends of the Cyclops.The Odyssey of Homer
We thrust the burning stick into the Cyclops' eye and put it out.
- any copepod of the genus Cyclops, characterized by having one eye
- classical myth one of a race of giants having a single eye in the middle of the forehead, encountered by Odysseus in the OdysseySee also Polyphemus
C15: from Latin Cyclōps, from Greek Kuklōps, literally: round eye, from kuklos circle + ōps eye
- 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
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