Poly·​phe·​mus ˌpä-lə-ˈfē-məs How to pronounce Polyphemus (audio)
: a Cyclops whom Odysseus blinds in order to escape from his cave

Word History


Latin, from Greek Polyphēmos

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Polyphemus was in the 14th century

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“Polyphemus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Polyphemus. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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