from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of northeast Sicily, Italy, on the Strait of Messina, a channel separating Sicily from mainland Italy. Founded in the eighth century B.C. 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. Population: 245,000.
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- proper n. Province of Sicily, Italy.
- proper n. Town and capital of Messina.
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- n. a port city in northeastern Sicily on the Strait of Messina
From Italian Messina. (Wiktionary)