[ pol-uh-fee-muh s ]
/ ˌpɒl əˈfi məs /

noun Classical Mythology.

a Cyclops who was blinded by Odysseus.
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/ (ˌpɒlɪˈfiːməs) /


Greek myth a cyclops who imprisoned Odysseus and his companions in his cave. To effect his escape, Odysseus blinded him
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Word Origin and History for polyphemus


name of a Cyclops ("Odyssey," IX), also used as the name for a one-eyed animal; the name is literally "many-voiced" or else "much-spoken-of" (see poly- + fame (n.)).

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