Camoens, Luiz de (kam'o-enz). Camoens was the greatest of Portuguese poets. Born about 1524. After serving in an expedition against the Moors in which Camoens lost his right eye, he sailed for India in 1553, after which he wrote the "Lusiad," the great poem on which his fame rests. On his return from exile he suffered shipwreck, and lost all his property except the manuscript of his epic. Camoens died at Lisbon in a hospital in 1580.