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 (mĭ-sē′nə, mĕ-)
A city of northeast Sicily, Italy, on the Strait of Messina, a channel separating Sicily from mainland Italy. Founded in the eighth century bc by Greek colonists, Messina was decimated by the plague in 1743 and suffered severe earthquakes in 1783 and 1908. The strait's rocks, currents, and whirlpools may have been the inspiration for the legend of Scylla and Charybdis.
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(Placename) a port in NE Sicily, on the Strait of Messina: colonized by Greeks around 730 bc; under Spanish rule (1282–1676 and 1678–1713); university (1549). Pop: 252 026 (2001)
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(mɛˈsi nə)

1. a seaport in NE Sicily. 270,546.
2. Strait of, a strait between Sicily and Italy. 2½ mi. (4 km) wide.
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Noun1.Messina - a port city in northeastern Sicily on the Strait of MessinaMessina - a port city in northeastern Sicily on the Strait of Messina
Sicilia, Sicily - the Italian region on the island of Sicily
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In the narrow space between Cape Bon and the Straits of Messina the bottom of the sea rose almost suddenly.
After the destruction of Messina, an order for enough lumber to build ten thousand new houses was cabled to New York and telephoned to Western lumbermen.
Skirting along the north coast of Sicily, passing through the group of Aeolian Isles, in sight of Stromboli and Vulcania, both active volcanoes, through the Straits of Messina, with "Scylla" on the one hand and "Charybdis" on the other, along the east coast of Sicily, and in sight of Mount Etna, along the south coast of Italy, the west and south coast of Greece, in sight of ancient Crete, up Athens Gulf, and into the Piraeus, Athens will be reached in two and a half or three days.
{103} See Admiral Smyth on the currents in the Straits of Messina, quoted in "The Authoress of the Odyssey," p.
{105} The writer evidently regards Ulysses as on a coast that looked East at no great distance south of the Straits of Messina somewhere, say, near Tauromenium, now Taormina.
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Then again, if we're not humbled by Jesus' words and actions, then, as author Gina Messina writes, "we need to rethink either our positions or our faith."
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