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

[Latin Polyphēmus, from Greek Poluphēmos, from poluphēmos, famous : polu-, much; see poly- + phēmē, saying, report; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a cyclops who imprisoned Odysseus and his companions in his cave. To effect his escape, Odysseus blinded him


(ˌpɒl əˈfi məs)

a Cyclops who was blinded by Odysseus.


[ˌpɒlɪˈfiːməs] NPolifemo


[ˌpɒlɪˈfiːməs] nPolifemo
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9.41ff., also, Polyphemos' first words to Odysseus and his companions are quite relevant, Od.
Touchefeu-Meynier, "Polyphemos I," Lexicon iconographicum mythologiae classicae 8 (1997): 1011-1019.
Instead, Pannwitz is Polyphemos the Cyclops; and passing the chemical examination is Odysseus's escape from his cave.
Odysseus Escaping from the Cave of Polyphemos is the image on a wide mouth black-figure krater with two columnlike handles.
The Copepoda (Eurytemora grimmi, Limnocalanus grimaldii grimaldii, Acartia tonsa, Ectinosoma concinnum, and Halicyclops sarsi), Cladocera (Podonevaden trigona, Pleopis polyphemoides, Polyphemos exiguus), Cirripedia (Balanus sp.), Polychaeta (Hediste diversicolor), Bivalvia larvae, and Ctenophora (Mnemiopsis leidyi) dominated the zooplankton taxa in all seasons in the southwestern Caspian Sea (Table 4).
Idealism becomes a calculation rather than an instinct such as characteristically beguiles Odysseus's better judgment, notoriously in the conflicts with Polyphemos and Scylla (see, for example, Odyssey IX.
(23) Ha outros Ciclopes, os da Odisseia, que sao de uma geracao diferente, ja nao tao potente: um deles, Polyphemos, e reduzido a um "quase nada" por um homem que se auto-denomina "ninguem", mas que demonstra, com esse acto, ser o homem superior a formas inumanas de ser, por mais antigas e teluricamente poderosas que possam ser.
(72) A partir del apodo en griego del Ciclope: Polyphemos, "el muy famoso".
It is no accident that the Cyclops Polyphemos whom Odysseus encounters is the son of Poseidon, god of the sea and of earthquakes, while Odysseus himself is protected by Athena, goddess of wisdom and of civilization.
Odysseus and his men seek food in the cave of the Cyclops Polyphemos while he is away, feasting on cheese and milk.
Odysseus, the most intelligent of Greek heroes, stops himself in Polyphemos's cave because he can run one scenario forward and see that if he kills Polyphemos then they will all be trapped behind the boulder only the Cyclops can move.
(3) An apt comparison might be to Polyphemos' cave, in Gongora's Fabula, about which Damaso Alonso has written that "nothing could be further flora a locus amoenus" (3: 59).