Scylla(redirected from between Scylla and Charybdis)
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n. Greek MythologyIdiom:
A female sea monster who lived in a cave opposite Charybdis and devoured sailors.
between Scylla and Charybdis
In a position where avoidance of one danger exposes one to another danger.
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a sea nymph transformed into a sea monster believed to drown sailors navigating the Strait of Messina. She was identified with a rock off the Italian coast. Compare Charybdis
2. between Scylla and Charybdis in a predicament in which avoidance of either of two dangers means exposure to the other
1. a rock in the Strait of Messina off the S coast of Italy.
2. a sea nymph of Greek myth who was transformed into a monster: later identified with the rock Scylla.Idioms:
between Scylla and Charybdis, between two equally perilous alternatives.