cy·​clops | \ ˈsī-ˌkläps How to pronounce cyclops (audio) \

Definition of cyclops

1 plural cyclopes\ sī-​ˈklō-​(ˌ)pēz How to pronounce cyclops (audio) \ capitalized : any of a race of giants in Greek mythology with a single eye in the middle of the forehead
2 plural cyclops [New Latin, genus name, from Latin] : any of a genus (Cyclops) of freshwater predatory copepods having a single median eye

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Recent Examples on the Web Stupendous, Tyrannis’ half-sister, daughter of Deliria and a cyclops. Joe Otterson, Variety, 8 Sep. 2021 Costanzo played Galatea, Snouffer appeared as Aci and Tines played Polifemo, the monstrous (and monstrously jealous) cyclops. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 In the book, cyclopes deal with being perceived as overly submissive, the lack of cyclops representation in Hollywood movies and worries about whether mixed children will have one eye or two. Robert Ito, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 One cyclops goes to a cosmetic surgeon to get two eyes — a nod, Dhaliwal said, to double-eyelid surgeries targeted at Asians. Robert Ito, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 This particular cyclops is Etna, one of the characters Dhaliwal follows through a series of short comics that offer an intimate look at how Cyclopes live and work among the two-eyed majority. Zan Romanoff, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2021 The shepherd Acis and the nymph Galatea share a deep romantic bond that is disturbed by the cyclops Polyphemus, whose ardors for Galatea are not returned. Howard Reich,, 31 Oct. 2020 It is named for a cyclops in Greek mythology because of its beautiful eyespots — one on each wing. Ellen Nibali,, 8 Oct. 2020 Goldberg and his former graduate student Andrew Bennett discovered one of the new viruses in apparently healthy cyclops leaf-nosed bats, netted at night in Kibale National Park in Uganda. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of cyclops

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cyclops

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

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cy·​clops | \ ˈsī-ˌkläps How to pronounce cyclops (audio) \

Medical Definition of cyclops

1 plural cyclopes\ sī-​ˈklō-​(ˌ)pēz How to pronounce cyclops (audio) \ : an individual or fetus abnormal in having a single eye or the usual two orbits fused
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 plural cyclops : a copepod water flea of the genus Cyclops

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