[ kuh-rib-dis ]
/ kəˈrɪb dɪs /
Modern name Ga·lo·fa·lo [Italian gah-law-fah-law], /Italian gɑˈlɔ fɑ lɔ/, Ga·ro·fa·lo [Italian gah-raw-fah-law] /Italian gɑˈrɔ fɑ lɔ/ . a whirlpool in the Strait of Messina off the NE coast of Sicily. Classical Mythology. a daughter of Gaia and Poseidon, a monster mentioned in Homer and later identified with the whirlpool Charybdis.Compare Scylla (def. 2).
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Origin of Charybdis
First recorded in 1400–50; Middle English Karibdous, Karybdys, from Latin Charybdis, from Greek Chárybdis; further origin uncertain
OTHER WORDS FROM CharybdisCha·ryb·di·an, adjective
Words nearby Charybdis
, chase mortise
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How to use Charybdis in a sentence
Meanwhile many ordinary Egyptians will find themselves back at square one, caught between Scylla and Charybdis.
Yes; and rather easy in avoiding Scylla to fall into Charybdis.
He was in the Charybdis of passion, and must perforce circle and circle ever nearer round the fatal centre.
But no elaborate argument was needed to rouse a people convinced at last that they were in the vortex of Charybdis.
But escaping Scylla she fell into Charybdis; her uncanny practices came to the ears of the authorities, and she was apprehended.
The curiosity of this monarch had been long excited by the accounts he had heard of the bottom of the gulf of Charybdis.
British Dictionary definitions for Charybdis
a ship-devouring monster in classical mythology, identified with a whirlpool off the north coast of Sicily, lying opposite Scylla on the Italian coastCompare Scylla
Derived forms of CharybdisCharybdian, adjective
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