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Scylla

[sil-uh] /ˈsɪl ə/
noun
1.
Modern name Scilla. a rock in the Strait of Messina off the S coast of Italy.
2.
Classical Mythology. a sea nymph who was transformed into a sea monster: later identified with the rock Scylla.
Compare Charybdis (def 2).
Idioms
3.
between Scylla and Charybdis, between two equally perilous alternatives, neither of which can be passed without encountering and probably falling victim to the other.
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Scylla

/ˈsɪlə/
noun
1.
(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
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Word Origin and History for Scylla
n.

sea-monster in the Strait of Messina, from Latinized form of Greek Skylla, of unknown origin, perhaps related to skyllein "to tear."

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