Polyphemus Pol`y*phe"mus, n. [L. Polyphemus the one-eyed Cyclops who was blinded by Ulysses.] (Zo["o]l.) A very large American moth ({Telea polyphemus}) belonging to the Silkworm family ({Bombycid[ae]}). 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}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Polyphemus — [päl΄i fē′məs] n. in Homer s Odyssey, a Cyclops who confines Odysseus and his companions in a cave until Odysseus blinds him so that they can escape …   English World dictionary

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  • Polyphemus —    From Greek mythology, one of the Cyclopes. These one eyed giants forged Zeus thunderbolts. They are very fierce and have a savage temper. The three Cyclopes were named Brontes, Steropes and Arges. Greek mythology has two other groups of one… …   The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology

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