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[sahy-klops] /ˈsaɪ klɒps/
noun, plural Cyclopes
[sahy-kloh-peez] /saɪˈkloʊ piz/ (Show IPA)
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.
Origin of Cyclops
< Greek Kýklōps, literally, round-eye, equivalent to kýkl(os) a circle, round + ṓps eye Unabridged
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  • The cyclopes were huge oneeyed monsters that resided on an island with the same name.
British Dictionary definitions for cyclopes


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


noun (pl) Cyclopes (saɪˈkləʊpiːz), Cyclopses
(classical myth) one of a race of giants having a single eye in the middle of the forehead, encountered by Odysseus in the Odyssey See also Polyphemus
Word Origin
C15: from Latin Cyclōps, from Greek Kuklōps, literally: round eye, from kuklos circle + ōps eye
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Word Origin and History for cyclopes



(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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cyclopes 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. Odysseus managed to trick the Cyclops and put out his eye. Odysseus and his men were then able to escape.

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