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[pol-uh-fee-muh s]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a Cyclops who was blinded by Odysseus.
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Examples from the Web for polyphemus

Historical Examples

  • The polyphemus moth, for example, has been experimented with a great deal.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • This was Polyphemus, the son of Poseidon, the owner of the cave.

  • Polyphemus had an eye for business; it was in the middle of his forehead.

    A Miscellany of Men

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Poseidon will not permit it, because thou hast blinded his son, Polyphemus.

  • The most terrible, Polyphemus, devours several of Odysseus' companions.

British Dictionary definitions for polyphemus


  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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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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