[sahy-kluh-pee-uh n, sahy-klop-ee-uh n]
- of or characteristic of the Cyclops.
- (sometimes lowercase) gigantic; vast.
- (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
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Examples from the Web for cyclopean
Arimaspi, their connection with Cyclopean architecture and mining, 86, 407.The Round Towers of Ireland
But what a picture of titanic energy, of cyclopean ambition!Painted Veils
Her cyclopean walls, that seemed to render her impregnable, did not save her.Up the Orinoco and down the Magdalena
H. J. Mozans
If the buildings are Cyclopean, so is the race that reared them.America To-day, Observations and Reflections
If the elm gives the Gothic, this was assuredly the Cyclopean arch.
- of, relating to, or resembling the Cyclops
- 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
1640s, from Latin cyclopeus, from Greek kyklopeios, from kyklopes (see cyclops).
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