Charybdis was the daughter of Poseidon and Gaia and is often portrayed as a great whirlpool. Once she was a naiad (nymph) who was fiercely loyal to her father and would flood land and kill villagers for him in an attempt to widen the sea, her father's kingdom, but Zeus became angry and turned her into a monster. She lives in a cave opposite the sea monster Scylla and she appeared in the Odyssey. Her name literally means "sucker down".
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