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Cyclops

[ sahy-klops ]
/ ˈsaɪ klɒps /
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noun, plural Cy·clo·pes [sahy-kloh-peez]. /saɪˈkloʊ piz/.
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.
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Origin of Cyclops

<Greek Kýklōps, literally, round-eye, equivalent to kýkl(os) a circle, round + ṓpseye
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British Dictionary definitions for Cyclops (1 of 2)

cyclops
/ (ˈsaɪklɒps) /

noun plural cyclops or cyclopes (saɪˈkləʊpiːz)
any copepod of the genus Cyclops, characterized by having one eye

British Dictionary definitions for Cyclops (2 of 2)

Cyclops
/ (ˈsaɪklɒps) /

noun plural Cyclopes (saɪˈkləʊpiːz) or Cyclopses
classical myth one of a race of giants having a single eye in the middle of the forehead, encountered by Odysseus in the OdysseySee also Polyphemus

Word Origin for Cyclops

C15: from Latin Cyclōps, from Greek Kuklōps, literally: round eye, from kuklos circle + ōps eye
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Cultural definitions for Cyclops

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 (see also 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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