[ sahy-kluh-pee-uhn, sahy-klop-ee-uhn ]
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  1. of or characteristic of the Cyclops.

  2. (sometimes lowercase) gigantic; vast.

  1. (usually lowercase)Architecture, Building Trades. formed with or containing large, undressed stones fitted closely together without the use of mortar: a cyclopean wall.

Origin of Cyclopean

First recorded in 1635–45; from Latin Cyclōpē(us), from Greek Kyklṓpeios (equivalent to Kýklōp(s) + -eios adjective suffix) + -an; see Cyclops, -eous,-an

Words Nearby Cyclopean Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for Cyclopean


/ (ˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːən, saɪˈkləʊpɪən) /

  1. of, relating to, or resembling the Cyclops

  2. denoting, relating to, or having the kind of masonry used in preclassical Greek architecture, characterized by large dry undressed blocks of stone

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