from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A city of northeast Sicily, Italy, on the Strait of Messina, a channel separating Sicily from mainland Italy. Founded in the eighth century BC 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.

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  • proper noun Province of Sicily, Italy.
  • proper noun Town and capital of Messina.

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  • noun a port city in northeastern Sicily on the Strait of Messina


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From Italian Messina.



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