Charybdis (kərĭbˈdĭs) [key], in Greek mythology, a female monster. Because she stole Hercules' cattle, Zeus hurled her into the sea. There she lay under rocks across from Scylla and sucked in and spewed out huge amounts of water, creating a whirlpool.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Charybdis from Fact Monster:

  • whirlpool - whirlpool whirlpool, revolving current in an ocean, river, or lake. It may be caused by the ...
  • Monsters in Greek Mythology - Greek monsters in mythology from Argus to Sirens including descriptions and illustrations.
  • Scylla - Scylla Scylla , in Greek mythology. 1. Sea monster. According to one legend Circe, jealous of the ...
  • Homer: The Odyssey - The Odyssey The Odyssey is written in 24 books and begins nearly ten years after the fall of Troy. ...
  • Heroes in Greek Mythology - Heroes in Greek Mythology Achilles Achilles was the strongest and most fearless warrior in the ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Folklore and Mythology

Play Hangman

Play Poptropica

Play Quizzes

Play Tic Tac Toe