Cyclops

[sahy-klops]
noun, plural Cyclopes [sahy-kloh-peez] .
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.

Origin:
< Greek Kýklōps, literally, round-eye, equivalent to kýkl(os) a circle, round + ṓps eye

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

Cyclops (ˈsaɪklɒps)
 
n , pl Cyclopes, Cyclopses
classical myth See also Polyphemus one of a race of giants having a single eye in the middle of the forehead, encountered by Odysseus in the Odyssey
 
[C15: from Latin Cyclōps, from Greek Kuklōps, literally: round eye, from kuklos circle + ōps eye]

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cyclops
(pl. cyclopes), 1513, from L., from Gk. kyklops, lit. "round-eyed." One of a race of one-eyed giants who forged thunderbolts for Zeus, built the walls of Mycenae, etc.
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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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The cyclopes were huge oneeyed monsters that resided on an island with the same name.
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