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cyclopean

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adjective cy·clo·pe·an \ˌsī-klə-ˈpē-ən, sī-ˈklō-pē-\

Definition of cyclopean

  1. 1 often capitalized :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a Cyclops

  2. 2 :  huge, massive

  3. 3 :  of or relating to a style of stone construction marked typically by the use of large irregular blocks without mortar



Examples of cyclopean in a sentence

  1. <a cyclopean granite statue that the dictator himself had commissioned>



Did You Know?

The Cyclopes of Greek mythology were huge, crude giants, each with a single eye in the middle of his forehead. Odysseus and his men had a terrible encounter with a Cyclops, and escaped utter disaster only by stabbing a burning stick into the monster's eye. The great stone walls at such ancient sites as Troy and Mycenae are called cyclopean because the stones are so massive and the construction (which uses no cement) is so expert that it was assumed that only a superhuman race such as the Cyclopes could have achieved such a feat.

1582

First Known Use of cyclopean

1582


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