Cyclopes

Cyclopes  (sī-klō´pēz ), or Cyclops  (´klops )—i. e. beings with one circular eye  in the middle of their foreheads. These were a fabulous race of giants living in Sicily. They were shepherds, but devoured human beings. They were also Vulcan's workmen, volcanoes, especially Mount Ætna in Sicily, being regarded as their workshops, in which they made the armor for gods and heroes. The chief among them was Polyphemus (q.v.).