Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “compound eye”

compound eye

noun [C]     specialized
an eye made of a large number of parts, each with a separate lens, as found in insectsThe eye and surrounding areaEyesight, glasses and lensesUsing the eyes
(Definition of compound eye noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of compound eye

Translations of “compound eye”

Word of the Day


a document given to students or reporters which contains information about a particular subject

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More