Meaning of Charybdis

Cha•ryb•dis

Pronunciation: (ku-rib'dis), [key]
— n.
  1. a whirlpool in the Strait of Messina off the NE coast of Sicily. Modern,
  2. a daughter of Gaea and Poseidon, a monster mentioned in Homer and later identified with the whirlpool Charybdis. Cf. Scylla (def. 2).
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