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3 eyes?

Postby bocochoco » Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:25 am UTC

What do you call something (someone?) with three eyes? I dont think that Triclops fits, never heard of anything being referred to as a biclops, nor have i seen the prefix cy- used to describe one...
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Re: 3 eyes?

Postby Asleep or Wrong » Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:40 am UTC

cyclops = κύκλος round + ὤψ eye; nothing to do with one.
triops would probably be sufficiently pedantic.
honestly triclops would be fine too, it gets the idea across to most any english speaker.

also for the sake of science there is apparently a medical term "monops" for one-eyed.

edit: additional science: you don't hear the word biclops because bi is latin and ops is greek and mixing latin and greek is a very bad thing.

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Re: 3 eyes?

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:39 am UTC

"Bicyclops" was used in the Futurama episode title "A Bicyclops Built for Two" to make a pun.

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Re: 3 eyes?

Postby gmalivuk » Mon Dec 14, 2009 3:35 am UTC

The adjective would be trinocular, I suspect.
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Re: 3 eyes?

Postby gaurwraith » Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:36 pm UTC

er... three-eyed?
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Re: 3 eyes?

Postby bocochoco » Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:36 pm UTC

I'm trying to find out what to refer to my robot as. It has 3 sensors (eyes)...
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Re: 3 eyes?

Postby Lounge » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:32 pm UTC

bocochoco wrote:What do you call something (someone?) with three eyes? ...


I suppose I'd ask them their name first.

Or just call it a robot and describe it at some point.
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Re: 3 eyes?

Postby Bluggo » Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:02 am UTC

Asleep or Wrong wrote:triops would probably be sufficiently pedantic.

Notostraca, on the other hand, would be sufficiently geeky.
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Re: 3 eyes?

Postby BrainMagMo » Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:26 pm UTC

Asleep or Wrong wrote: mixing latin and greek is a very bad thing done all the time.
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Re: 3 eyes?

Postby Hamsvlekiss » Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:13 am UTC

Triops is not only correct, but already the name of a really awesome crustacean.

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Re: 3 eyes?

Postby fennecfanatic » Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:33 pm UTC

"mutant"?
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Re: 3 eyes?

Postby Bobber » Fri Dec 25, 2009 1:06 pm UTC

fennecfanatic wrote:"mutant"?

That only works for something that has mutated.
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