- a Cyclops. a one-eyed giant.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Cy"clops (s?"kl?ps), n. sing. & pl.
[L. Cyclops, Gr. Ky`klwps (strictly round-
eyed), pl. Ky`klwpes; ky`klos circle +
'w`ps eye.] 1. (Gr. Myth.)
One of a race of giants, sons of Neptune and Amphitrite,
having but one eye, and that in the middle of the forehead. They
were fabled to inhabit Sicily, and to assist in the workshops of
Vulcan, under Mt. Etna.
&fist; Pope, in his translation of the "Odyssey," uniformly
spells this word Cyclop, when used in the singular.
2. (Zoöl.) A genus of minute
Entomostraca, found both in fresh and salt water. See
3. A portable forge, used by tinkers,
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Cyclops, a name given to three distinct classes of mythological
beings: (1) a set of one-eyed savage giants infesting the coasts of
Sicily and preying upon human flesh; (2) a set of Titans, also one-eyed,
belonging to the race of the gods, three in number, viz., Brontes,
Steropes, and Arges—three great elemental powers of nature, subjected by
and subject to Zeus; and (3) a people of Thrace, famed for their skill in
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