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 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,, "Review: Haymarket Opera launches 10th season on film with ‘Acis and Galatea’," 31 Oct. 2020 It is named for a cyclops in Greek mythology because of its beautiful eyespots — one on each wing. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: Caterpillar droppings and reestablishing a new shrub," 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, "Newly discovered viruses suggest rubella jumped from animals to humans," 7 Oct. 2020 Do not ask him to take you to the cyclops. Asking . . . Noah Baumbach, The New Yorker, "S.O.S.," 21 Sep. 2020 Every culture has their sea myths, from tentacle monsters to cyclops to misogynists lost at sea, but this isn’t your typical Eurocentric mermaid tale. Wired Staff, Wired, "WIRED’s Ultimate Summer Reading List," 2 July 2020 Perhaps this isn't surprising from a onetime exalted cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "The horrific acts behind the names on America's infamous monuments and tributes," 16 June 2020 In Renato Moriconi’s delicate watercolor illustrations, our hero sees off such dread opponents as cyclopes brandishing spears and cloud demons shooting lightning. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: James Baldwin’s Tale of Childhood in Harlem," 23 Aug. 2018 Along the way, the two wayfarers do have to deal with a cyclops of sorts, but finally find the lovely Penelope (Mia Wasikowska) in a remote cabin. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Damsel': Film Review | Sundance 2018," 24 Jan. 2018

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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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The first known use of cyclops was in 1513

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“Cyclops.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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