|a golden apple inscribed ?For the fairest,? thrown by the goddess of discord among the gods but awarded to Aphrodite, causing the Trojan War|
|a daughter of Gaea and Poseidon, a monster mentioned in Homer and later identified with the whirlpool Charybdis|
|—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]|
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.