[ pol-uh-fee-muhs ]

nounClassical Mythology.
  1. a Cyclops who was blinded by Odysseus.

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How to use Polyphemus in a sentence

  • A Lapp tale presents this mysterious lapse of time as the sequel of an adventure similar to that of Ulysses with Polyphemus.

    The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • He read it all through again and sat quietly as the hand of Polyphemus closed over him.

    A Parody Outline of History | Donald Ogden Stewart
  • Big gray Cecropias come from this kind; brown Polyphemus from that, and green Lunas from these.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost | Gene Stratton Porter
  • Every Polyphemus in range hastened to her, and other fluttering creatures of night followed.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost | Gene Stratton Porter
  • On the other side the royal pair had the sea-god Neptune as their progenitor who was also the father of the Cyclops Polyphemus.

    Homer's Odyssey | Denton J. Snider

British Dictionary definitions for Polyphemus


/ (ˌpɒlɪˈfiːməs) /

  1. Greek myth a cyclops who imprisoned Odysseus and his companions in his cave. To effect his escape, Odysseus blinded him

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