|“||He'll tackle you with all he's got! It won't hurt, but you may go flying!”|
|— Cast Description • Kirby's Epic Yarn|
Cyclod's name is likely a portmanteau of "Cyclops," referencing the fact that it only has one eye; and "clod," referring to the fact that it unwisely charges at anyone it sees. Clod is also a cognate of the Dutch word "klodde," which refers to a rag, relating to the yarn and fabric theme of the game.
Its Japanese name, マルゾー (Maruzō), comes from まる (maru), which is associated with round things, referencing its round (and bare) head.