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cyclopean (adj) – 1. (often Cyclopean) Relating to or suggestive of a Cyclops.
2. Very big; huge.
3. Of or constituting a primitive style of masonry characterised by the use of massive stones of irregular shape and size.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : English cyclopean comes from the Latin adjective Cycl?p?us, a borrowing of Greek Kykl?peios, a derivative of the common noun, proper noun, and name K?kl?ps, which the Greeks interpreted to mean ?round eye? (a compound of k?klos ?wheel? and ?ps ?eye, face?). The most famous Cyclops is Polyphemus, a crude, solitary shepherd living on an island whom Odysseus blinded in Homer?s Odyssey. Hesiod (ca. 8th century b.c.) in his Theogony names three Cyclopes; they are craftsmen who make Zeus?s thunderbolts, and whom the Greeks often credited with building the walls of ancient Mycenae, Tiryns, Argos, and the acropolis of Athens, all constructed with massive limestone blocks roughly fitted together without mortar. Cyclopean entered English in the 17th century.