Definitions for cerberusˈsɜr bər əs
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Cer•ber•usˈsɜr bər əs(n.)
a three-headed dog of Greek myth guarding the entrance to the underworld.
Cer•be•re•ansərˈbɪər i ən(adj.)
(Greek mythology) the three-headed dog guarding the entrance to Hades; son of Typhon
The three-headed dog who guards the entrance to Hades; and one of the many offspring of Echidna and Typhon.
A former constellation of the northern sky, near Hercules.
Origin: From (Kerberos)
a monster, in the shape of a three-headed dog, guarding the entrance into the infernal regions, Hence: Any vigilant custodian or guardian, esp. if surly
a genus of East Indian serpents, allied to the pythons; the bokadam
Cerberus, or Kerberos, in Greek and Roman mythology, is a multi-headed dog, or "hellhound" which guards the gates of the Underworld, to prevent those who have crossed the river Styx from ever escaping. Cerberus featured in many works of ancient Greek and Roman literature and in works of both ancient and modern art and architecture, although the depiction and background surrounding Cerberus often differed across various works by different authors of the era. The most notable difference is the number of its heads: Most sources describe or depict three heads; others show it with two or even just one; a smaller number of sources show a variable number, sometimes as many as 50 or even 100.
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the three-headed or three-throated monster that guarded the entrance to the nether world of Pluto, could be soothed by music, and tempted by honey, only Hercules overcame him by sheer strength, dragging him by neck and crop to the upper world.
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