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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology The Cyclops who confined Odysseus and his companions in a cave until Odysseus blinded him and escaped.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A cyclops in Homer's Odyssey.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 The 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.

Etymologies

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)
From Latin Polyphemus, from Ancient Greek Πολύφημος (Poluphēmos). (Wiktionary)

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