cyclops

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noun cy·clops \ˈsī-ˌkläps\

Definition of cyclops

  1. 1 plural cyclopes play \sī-ˈklō-(ˌ)pēz\ capitalized :  any of a race of giants in Greek mythology with a single eye in the middle of the forehead

  2. 2 plural cyclops [New Latin, genus name, from Latin] :  any of a genus (Cyclops) of freshwater predatory copepods having a single median eye

Origin and Etymology of cyclops

Latin, from Greek Kyklōps, from kykl- cycl- + ōps eye


First Known Use: 1513


Medical Dictionary

cyclops

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noun cy·clops \ˈsī-ˌkläps\

Medical Definition of cyclops

  1. 1plural cyclopes \sī-ˈklō-(ˌ)pēz\play :  an individual or fetus abnormal in having a single eye or the usual two orbits fused

  2. 2 capitalized :  a genus of minute free-swimming copepods that have a large median eye, a pear-shaped body tapering posteriorly, and long antennules used in swimming, that are widely distributed and abundant in fresh waters, that are important elements in certain aquatic food chains, and that directly affect humans as intermediate hosts of certain parasitic worms—see guinea worm

  3. 3plural cyclops :  a copepod water flea of the genus Cyclops


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