Scylla

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Scyl·la

 (sĭl′ə)
n. Greek Mythology
A female sea monster who lived in a cave opposite Charybdis and devoured sailors.
Idiom:
between Scylla and Charybdis
In a position where avoidance of one danger exposes one to another danger.

Scylla

(ˈsɪlə)
n
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

Scyl•la

(ˈsɪl ə)

n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Scylla - (Greek mythology) a sea nymph transformed into a sea monster who lived on one side of a narrow straitScylla - (Greek mythology) a sea nymph transformed into a sea monster who lived on one side of a narrow strait; drowned and devoured sailors who tried to escape Charybdis (a whirlpool) on the other side of the strait
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
Translations

Scylla

[ˈsɪlə] N Scylla and CharybdisEscila y Caribdis

Scylla

[ˈsɪlə] nScilla
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28) Although Alfred Heubeck and Arie Hoekstra note, in their commentary on Book 12, the correspondence between Scylla's rock and Charybdis's fig tree, (29) there has been no extensive attempt to locate the tree within a larger reading of the relationship between Scylla and Charybdis.
This leg of the trip includes a visit to the creepy King Aeolus and his court controlled by the winds, a narrow escape from horrific man-eating creatures, months with the enchantress Circe, a trip to Hades to consult the seer Tiresias and a terrifying trip between Scylla and Charybdis that nearly finishes off the crew.
Defining the main risk between Scylla and Charybdis is never easy.