American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek Mythology The Cyclops who confined Odysseus and his companions in a cave until Odysseus blinded him and escaped.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An animal which has only one eye, whether naturally or abnormally; a cyclops.
- n. The specific name of the king-crab, Limulus polyphemus.
- n. [capitalized] In Crustacea, the typical genus of the family Polyphemidæ: so called from the large solitary and apparently single eye formed by the coalescence of a pair of eyes. P. stagnorum is an example.
- n. Any member of the family Polyphemidæ.
- n. In Lepidoptera, the technical specific and (absolutely) the vernacular name of one of the largest American silkworms or silkworm-moths, Telea polyphemus. The caterpillar feeds on many different native trees, as oak, walnut, hickory, willow, elm, maple, poplar, etc., and is of a clear apple-green color with yellow lateral lines. The cocoon is oval and usually wrapped in a leaf, sometimes falling to the ground, but often hanging on the tree all winter. The moth is normally single-brooded in the northern United States, but doublebrooded in the southern. The silk can be reeled, but with considerable difficulty, and is lustrous and strong. The moth has a wing-spread of five or six inches, and is of a buff color, with a large eye-spot on each hind wing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A very large American moth (Telea polyphemus) belonging to the Silkworm family (
Bombycidæ). Its larva, which is very large, bright green, with silvery tubercles, and with oblique white stripes on the sides, feeds on the oak, chestnut, willow, cherry, apple, and other trees. It produces a large amount of strong silk. Called also American silkworm.
- From Latin Polyphemus, from Ancient Greek Πολύφημος (Poluphēmos). (Wiktionary)
- Latin Polyphēmus, from Greek Poluphēmos, from poluphēmos, famous : polu-, much; see poly- + phēmē, saying, report; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Eli – Fenioun” and Von Hammer remarks, “There is no need of such likeness of name to prove that al this episode is a manifest imitation of the adventures of Ulysses in Polyphemus’s cave; and this induces the belief that the Arabs have been acquainted with the poems of Homer.””
“[The planet] in Pandora's sky - it's called Polyphemus and it's the primary [planet] for a system of moons, just like in our solar system - Jupiter has 50 some moons, they're still discovering smaller ones all the time.”
“Cy 'clops, or Kyklops, also called Polyphemus -- a monstrous one-eyed giant.”
“His real name is Skeffington Scoulding, which was voted too long, so, as poor fellow he has lost an eye, he was dubbed Polyphemus, which was soon turned into Polly.”
“In the earlier stages of the fight she had been engaged successively with the "Polyphemus," "Defiance," and”
“Constable finds something religious in his landscapes; in fact, when contemplating his "Polyphemus" or his "Cacus" (St. Petersburg), it is easy to understand (what no one since Virgil has felt) the naturalistic and mysterious origin of myths.”
“Then came Montalván, whose "Polyphemus" was his best known auto;”
“Hence their shape is changed, they can be even monstrosities, such as Polyphemus, the Læstrigonians,”
“They consisted of stumps of the great reed of the south, open at one end, closed at the other by the natural knot and gathered into a sort of enormous pan-pipe, such as Polyphemus might have employed.”
“Her Majesty's ship "Polyphemus" coming in, the surgeon, Mr Cockin, afforded him the medical assistance he so much required, and on the 14th of June he was sufficiently recovered to call on the bishop, attended by his Makololo followers.”
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