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Scylla in Greek mythology, a female sea monster who devoured sailors when they tried to navigate the narrow channel between her cave and the whirlpool Charybdis. In later legend Scylla was a dangerous rock, located on the Italian side of the Strait of Messina. To be between Scylla and Charybdis is to be between two dangers or pitfalls, as between the cave of the sea-monster and the whirlpool.

Scylla was also the name of the daughter of king Nisus of Megara, who betrayed her father and his city to Minos of Crete, and who was drowned in punishment.

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Scylla (sĬl´ə), in Greek mythology. 1 Sea monster. According to one legend Circe, jealous of the sea god Glaucus' love for Scylla, changed her from a beautiful nymph into a horrible doglike creature with six heads and twelve feet; according to another, Amphitrite, jealous of Poseidon's love for her, transformed her into the ugly monster. Scylla lived on the rocks on the Italian side of the Strait of Messina, where she seized sailors from passing ships and devoured them. On the other side of the strait was the whirlpool Charybdis. Odysseus in his wanderings passed between them, as did Jason and the Argonauts. 2 Daughter of Nisus, king of Megara. She betrayed her father to his enemy Minos, but when she sought Minos' love, he scorned her.

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Scylla In Greek mythology, a female sea monster. Once a beautiful nymph beloved of Poseidon, Circe changed Scylla into a long-necked, six-headed beast. She lived with Charybdis beside the Straits of Messina between Sicily and Italy and devoured sailors.