from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A female sea monster who lived in a cave opposite Charybdis and devoured sailors.
- idiom between Scylla and Charybdis In a position where avoidance of one danger exposes one to another danger.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A dangerous rock on the Italian coast opposite the whirlpool Charybdis on the coast of Sicily. The passage between Scylla and Charybdis was formerly considered perilous; hence, the saying between Scylla and Charybdis signifies a great peril on either hand.
- proper n. A personification of the above rock as a ravenous monster.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dangerous rock on the Italian coast opposite the whirpool Charybdis on the coast of Sicily, -- both personified in classical literature as ravenous monsters. The passage between them was formerly considered perilous; hence, the saying “Between Scylla and Charybdis,” signifying a great peril on either hand.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dangerous rock on the Italian side of the Strait of Messina, between Italy and Sicily, abode of a legendary monster Scylla.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Greek mythology) a sea nymph transformed into a sea monster who lived on one side of a narrow strait; drowned and devoured sailors who tried to escape Charybdis (a whirlpool) on the other side of the strait
From Ancient Greek Σκύλλα. (Wiktionary)