hellhound

hellhound

[hel-hound]
noun
1.
a mythical watchdog of hell.
2.
a fiendish person.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English, Old English helle hund; see hell, hound1

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hellhound (ˈhɛlˌhaʊnd)
 
n
1.  a hound of hell
2.  a fiend

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hellhound

a dog represented in mythology (such as that of ancient Greece and Scandinavia) as standing guard in the underworld. In Greek mythology this was Cerberus, a three-headed, dragon-tailed dog

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