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Definition: Lycos

(Lycos, Inc., Waltham, MA, www.lycos.com) One of the major Web search and content sites on the Web. In 2000, Lycos and Terra Networks, S.A., the leading provider of content and Internet access to the Spanish and Portuguese markets, merged to become Terra Lycos.

In early 2004, the company restructured and redirected itself from portal status to become a vast social network and online community. This so-called Lycos, Inc. division, based in the U.S., was sold in October of 2004 to Daum Communications Corporation, the leading Internet site in Korea. Acquired in the transaction were the flagship Lycos.com and its specialty sites that include tripod.com, angelfire.com and hotbot.com. See Web search engines.