Charybdis

[ kuh-rib-dis ]
/ kəˈrɪb dɪs /
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noun

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).
Related formsCha·ryb·di·an, adjective
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Charybdis

/ (kəˈrɪbdɪs) /

noun

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 FormsCharybdian, adjective
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Charybdis


whirlpool off the coast of Sicily, from Latinized form of Greek Kharybdis, of unknown origin. Cf. Scylla.

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