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Polyphemus(pŏlĭfē`məs), in Greek mythology, a Cyclops. He was a shepherd and the son of Poseidon. In the Odyssey, Polyphemus imprisoned Odysseus and his men in his cave. They gave him wine and then, when he was drunk, they blinded him and escaped, hiding under Polyphemus' sheep as they left the cave. A later legend tells of the giant's futile love for the nymph GalateaGalatea
, in Greek mythology. 1 Sea nymph, daughter of Nereus and Doris. She was loved by the brutish Polyphemus, a Cyclops who wooed her with love songs; but Galatea loved Acis, the handsome son of a river nymph.
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Cyclops blinded by Odysseus. [Gk. Myth.: Odyssey]
cruel monster; one of the Cyclopes. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
crushes lover’s lover. [Rom. Lit.: Metamorphoses]
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