cerberi

Cerberus

[sur-ber-uhs]
noun, plural Cerberuses, Cerberi [sur-buh-rahy] , for 2.
1.
Also, Kerberos. Classical Mythology. a dog, usually represented as having three heads, that guarded the entrance of the infernal regions.
2.
a formidable and often surly keeper or guard.

Cerberean [ser-beer-ee-uhn] , Cerberic, adjective
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Cerberus (ˈsɜːbərəs)
 
n
1.  Greek myth a dog, usually represented as having three heads, that guarded the entrance to Hades
2.  a sop to Cerberus a bribe or something given to propitiate a potential source of danger or problems
 
Cerberean
 
adj

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Cerberus
"watch-dog guardian of Hades," late 14c., Latinized form of Gk. Kerberos, of unknown origin, perhaps cognate with Skt. karbarah, sabalah "spotted, speckled." Sabalah was the name of one of the two dogs of Yama.
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Cerberus [(sur-buh-ruhs)]

In classical mythology, the three-headed dog who guarded the entrance to Hades.

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