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[pol-uh-fee-muh s] /ˌpɒl əˈfi məs/
noun, Classical Mythology.
a Cyclops who was blinded by Odysseus. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Polyphemus
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  • A little surcease, then return of the tempest, like return of Polyphemus.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • At this, old Polyphemus went into a Homeric peal of laughter.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • Polyphemus receiving a letter from Galatea, painting, 480, 481.

  • Polyphemus is a Cyclops but he has characteristics of his own.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • At this Polyphemus gave no answer, but seizing a couple of Greeks, he killed and ate them up on the spot.

  • Many men, both writers and readers, are its victims, like Polyphemus.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • Polyphemus too is to have his chance of rising, for he certainly has within himself the possibility.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • In like manner, Polyphemus, in his crisis, remembered a similar oracle.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • Such was the curse of Polyphemus, to be fulfilled, as we shall see, to the letter.

  • Galatea heeds him not, and Polyphemus has to shepherd his love as best he can.

British Dictionary definitions for Polyphemus


(Greek myth) a cyclops who imprisoned Odysseus and his companions in his cave. To effect his escape, Odysseus blinded him
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Word Origin and History for Polyphemus

name of a Cyclops ("Odyssey," IX), also used as the name for a one-eyed animal; the name is literally "many-voiced" or else "much-spoken-of" (see poly- + fame (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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