Charybdis

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Cha·ryb·dis

 (kə-rĭb′dĭs)
n. Greek Mythology
A whirlpool off the Sicilian coast, opposite the cave of Scylla.

Charybdis

(kəˈrɪbdɪs)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) a ship-devouring monster in classical mythology, identified with a whirlpool off the north coast of Sicily, lying opposite Scylla on the Italian coast. Compare Scylla
Chaˈrybdian adj

Cha•ryb•dis

(kəˈrɪb dɪs)

n.
1. a whirlpool in the Strait of Messina off the NE coast of Sicily.
2. a daughter of Gaea and Poseidon who was turned into a monster. Compare Scylla (def. 2).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Charybdis - (Greek mythology) a ship-devouring whirlpool lying on the other side of a narrow strait from Scylla
maelstrom, whirlpool, vortex - a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
Translations

Charybdis

nCharybdis f

Charybdis

[kəˈrɪbdɪs] nCariddi f
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