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Cyclops

[sahy-klops]
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noun, plural Cy·clo·pes [sahy-kloh-peez] /saɪˈkloʊ piz/.
  1. Classical Mythology. a member of a family of giants having a single round eye in the middle of the forehead.
  2. (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 + ṓps eye

Antigonus I

[an-tig-uh-nuh s]
noun
  1. Cyclops, 382?–301 b.c., Macedonian general under Alexander the Great.
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cyclops

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

noun plural Cyclopes (saɪˈkləʊpiːz) or Cyclopses
  1. 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
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin Cyclōps, from Greek Kuklōps, literally: round eye, from kuklos circle + ōps eye

Antigonus I

noun
  1. known as Cyclops. 382–301 bc, Macedonian general under Alexander the Great; king of Macedon (306–301)
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Word Origin and History for cyclops

n.

(plural cyclopes), 1510s, from Latin, from Greek kyklops, literally "round-eyed," from stem of kyklos (see cycle (n.)) + -ops (see eye (n.)). One of a race of one-eyed giants who forged thunderbolts for Zeus, built the walls of Mycenae, etc.

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cyclops in Culture

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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