Share this entry

Share this page

Cyclops

Line breaks: Cyc|lops
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪklɒps
 
/

Definition of Cyclops in English:

noun

1 (plural Cyclops or Cyclopes /sʌɪˈkləpiːz/) Greek Mythology A member of a race of savage one-eyed giants. In the Odyssey, Odysseus escaped death by blinding the Cyclops Polyphemus.
Example sentences
  • The one-eyed, savage giant called Cyclops remained a mystery, submerged in the myths and imagery of men at sea and women who wait for them, told through story and song.
  • In the The Odyssey, he describes the Cyclops as a band of giant, one-eyed, man-eating shepherds.
  • Polyphemus is one of the Cyclopes, and one of the only creatures born before the Titans, who was not killed by the Olympians.
2 (cyclops) A minute predatory freshwater crustacean which has a cylindrical body with a single central eye.
  • Genus Cyclops and other genera, order Cyclopoida
Example sentences
  • The various species of Cyclops are very numerous in freshwater locations during the summer months, and are usually among the much reduced fauna in these same locations during the winter.
  • A feature of chromatin diminution in the crustacean genus Cyclops is that the somatic and germline chromosome number remains the same.
  • The larvae are ingested by the copepod crustacea, Cyclops, which actively chase them.

Origin

via Latin from Greek Kuklōps, literally 'round-eyed', from kuklos 'circle' + ōps 'eye'.

Definition of Cyclops in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pɪət
adjective
lively; cheerful