2. [syn: cyclops, water flea]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Cyclops \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.
Note: Pope, in his translation of the "Odyssey," uniformly
spells this word Cyclop, when used in the singular.
2. (Zool.) A genus of minute Entomostraca, found both in
fresh and salt water. See Copepoda.
3. A portable forge, used by tinkers, etc.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (Greek mythology) one of a race of giants having a single
eye in the middle of their forehead
2: minute free-swimming freshwater copepod having a large median
eye and pear-shaped body and long antennae used in swimming;
important in some food chains and as intermediate hosts of
parasitic worms that affect man e.g. Guinea worms [syn:
cyclops, water flea]