late 14c., from Latin catoblepas, from Greek katobleps, from kato “downward” (related to kata-) + blepein “to look,” but this might be ancient folk etymology. Name given by ancient authors to some African animal.
A wylde beest that hyghte Catoblefas and hath a lytyll body and nyce in all membres and a grete heed hangynge alway to-warde the erth. [John of Trevisa, translation of Bartholomew de Glanville’s “De proprietatibus rerum,” 1398]
a federal park in N central Maryland: site of Camp David. 9 sq. mi. (23 sq. km).
a mountain range extending NE from NE Virginia through central Maryland: part of the Appalachian Mountains.
noun (electronics) the part of the electrolyte that surrounds the cathode in an electrolytic cell
a town in central Maryland, near Baltimore. Historical Examples