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 (sī′klə-pē′ən, sī-klō′pē-)
1. often Cyclopean Relating to or suggestive of a Cyclops: a great Cyclopean monocle.
2. Very big; huge: has a cyclopean ego.
3. Of or constituting a primitive style of masonry characterized by the use of massive stones of irregular shape and size.


(ˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːən; saɪˈkləʊpɪən)
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) of, relating to, or resembling the Cyclops
2. (Architecture) denoting, relating to, or having the kind of masonry used in preclassical Greek architecture, characterized by large dry undressed blocks of stone


(ˌsaɪ kləˈpi ən, saɪˈklɒp i ən)

1. of or resembling the Cyclopes: a Cyclopean eye.
2. (sometimes l.c.) gigantic; vast.
3. (usu. l.c.) formed with or containing large, undressed stones fitted together without mortar.
[1635–45; < Latin Cyclōpē(us) (< Greek Kyklṓpeios, adj. derivative of Kýklōps Cyclops) + -an1]


Built using massive, irregularly-shaped, uncemented blocks of stone, as was common in pre-classical ancient Greek architecture.
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Adj.1.cyclopean - of or relating to or resembling the Cyclops; "Cyclopean eye"


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President Barbicane and the members of the Gun Club warmly congratulated their engineer Murchison; the cyclopean work had been accomplished with extraordinary rapidity.
They make one feel to what a degree architecture is a primitive thing, by demonstrating (what is also demonstrated by the cyclopean vestiges, the pyramids of Egypt, the gigantic Hindoo pagodas) that the greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation's effort, than the inspired flash of a man of genius; the deposit left by a whole people; the heaps accumulated by centuries; the residue of successive evaporations of human society,--in a word, species of formations.
The engineering difficulties were great, the dredging and filling a cyclopean task.
The day was glowing hot, and the scrambling over the rough surface and through the intricate thickets, was very fatiguing; but I was well repaid by the strange Cyclopean scene.
And how my hatred for him grew and grew, during that fearful time, to cyclopean dimensions.
The rocky islets lay on the sea like the heaps of a cyclopean ruin on a plain; the centipedes and scorpions lurked un der the stones; there was not a single blade of grass in sight anywhere, not a single lizard sunning him self on a boulder by the shore.
Typical monuments of Khojaly-Gadabay culture are cyclopean constructions, the walls of which are made of large blocks of stones on dry masonry.
AS AN elastic, cyclopean spider-thing (aka Ocmo), you'll learn to leap, grab, swing and, ultimately, devour dopey bunnies in clouds of gore in this physics-based puzzler - and all using a single finger.
his emotional injury and cyclopean rage as well as of Chubb's own
The study was conducted on a cyclopean male goat when that was brought by a local producer to the department of anatomy and embryology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sadat city.
The direction of the cyclopean walkway is determined by the course of the right-hand dam of the river vh.