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Scylla

[sil-uh]
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)
 
n
1.  Greek myth Compare Charybdis 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
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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