• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Polyphemus (Zoöl) A very large American moth (Telea polyphemus) belonging to the Silkworm family (Bombycidæ). 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In just the first 56 days of life, the larva of the polyphemus moth eats about 86,000 times its birthweight
    • n Polyphemus An animal which has only one eye, whether naturally or abnormally; a cyclops.
    • n Polyphemus The specific name of the king-crab, Limulus polyphemus.
    • n Polyphemus [capitalized] In Crustacea, the typical genus of the family Polyphemidæ: so called from the large solitary and apparently single eye formed by the coalescence of a pair of eyes. P. stagnorum is an example.
    • n Polyphemus Any member of the family Polyphemidæ.
    • n Polyphemus In Lepidoptera, the technical specific and (absolutely) the vernacular name of one of the largest American silkworms or silkworm-moths, Telea polyphemus. The caterpillar feeds on many different native trees, as oak, walnut, hickory, willow, elm, maple, poplar, etc., and is of a clear apple-green color with yellow lateral lines. The cocoon is oval and usually wrapped in a leaf, sometimes falling to the ground, but often hanging on the tree all winter. The moth is normally single-brooded in the northern United States, but doublebrooded in the southern. The silk can be reeled, but with considerable difficulty, and is lustrous and strong. The moth has a wing-spread of five or six inches, and is of a buff color, with a large eye-spot on each hind wing.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Polyphemus, the one-eyed Cyclops who was blinded by Ulysses


In literature:

It is closely allied to the Polyphemus moth, and its caterpillar also feeds on the oak.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
The most terrible, Polyphemus, devours several of Odysseus' companions.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
Poseidon will not permit it, because thou hast blinded his son, Polyphemus.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
Polyphemus is a giant, though the mountain hold him down.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Neptune, to revenge the injuries of his son Polyphemus, changed the ship into a rock.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
There is no room in Pylos for a Circe or a Polyphemus.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
Finette's master resembled Polyphemus.
"Laboulaye's Fairy Book" by Various
Here was no less a place than the cave of Polyphemus, where Homer, at least, may have stood, if Ulysses didn't.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
We engag'd them forty-six minutes, when the "Achille" and "Polyphemus" came up to our assistance.
"Notes and Queries, Number 231, April 1, 1854" by Various
Adventures of Achaemenides with Polyphemus: and of Macareus amongst the Lestrigonians.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid

In news:

The Polyphemus moth, with its unusual 'eyespots' is one of the largest moths.
I saw this Polyphemus moth warming in the morning sun.
In my neighbors small bush, these Polyphemus Moths were found mating VERY large in size.
Giant Mating Polyphemus Moths Click to enlarge.
The Polyphemus moth , with its unusual 'eyespots' is one of the largest moths.
The Polyphemus moth , with its unusual 'eyespots' is one of the largest moths .
The Polyphemus Moth , or Antheraea Polyphemus, is a North American member of the family Saturniidae, the giant silk moths .
These large eyespots are what led to the moth 's name inspired from the Greek myth of the Cyclops Polyphemus.