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

Definition of cyclops

1 plural cyclopes\ sī-​ˈklō-​(ˌ)pēz How to pronounce cyclopes (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

Examples of cyclops in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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cy·​clops | \ ˈsī-ˌkläps How to pronounce cyclops (audio) \

Medical Definition of cyclops

1 plural cyclopes\ sī-​ˈklō-​(ˌ)pēz How to pronounce cyclopes (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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