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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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  • At dawn the Cyclops woke, and his awakening was like a thunderstorm.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • The Cyclops tasted the wine and laughed with delight so that the cave shook.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • I never associate Vulcan and his Cyclops with the idea of a forge.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • It is sufficient that the ambiguity was such as to deceive the friends of the Cyclops.

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

  • Pol y phe' mus, or Polyphemos or Cyclops—the son of Poseidon.

  • The evolution of this new order from the savage Cyclops is hinted in the poem.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • He cannot forget the Cyclops, the men of violence who once did his people wrong.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • Polyphemus is a Cyclops but he has characteristics of his own.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
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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