[ kuh-rib-dis ]
/ kəˈrɪb dɪs /


a whirlpool in the Strait of Messina off the NE coast of Sicily.Modern name Galofalo, Garofalo.
Classical Mythology. a daughter of Gaea and Poseidon, a monster mentioned in Homer and later identified with the whirlpool Charybdis.Compare Scylla(def 2).

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Cha·ryb·di·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for charybdis


/ (kəˈrɪbdɪs) /


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

Charybdian, adjective
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