Word of the Week: Cyclops

Cyclops is a noun and defined as a race of giants in Greek mythology with a single eye in the middle of the forehead. The word Cyclops derives from ancient Greek word Kyklōps, which can be broken down into kykl- or “circle” and ops or “eye,” so in English the term Cyclops translates into “Circle Eye.” 

The depiction of the Cyclops can be traced as far back as 600 BC by ancient Greek poet Hesoid in his poem Theogony. Hesoid described Cyclopes as the one-eyed creatures that crafted the all-powerful thunderbolt for Zeus. Cyclopes are also mentioned by Homer in the Greek epic Odyssey  and by the writer Virgil in the Latin epic Aeneid.

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 “cyclops,” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary

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