Cyclopean

[sahy-kluh-pee-uh n, sahy-klop-ee-uh n]
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adjective
  1. of or characteristic of the Cyclops.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) gigantic; vast.
  3. (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

1635–45; < Latin Cyclōpē(us) (< Greek Kyklṓpeios, equivalent to Kýklōp(s) Cyclops + -eios -eous) + -an
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Cyclopean

adjective
  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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Word Origin and History for cyclopean
adj.

1640s, from Latin cyclopeus, from Greek kyklopeios, from kyklopes (see cyclops).

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