Cerberus definition

  • noun:
    • Greek & Roman Mythology A three-headed dog guarding the entry to Hades.
    • A monster, by means of a three-headed puppy, guarding the entrance to the infernal regions, therefore: Any vigilant custodian or guardian, esp. if surly.
    • A genus of East Indian serpents, allied towards pythons; the bokadam.
    • In class. myth., the watch-dog of infernal areas, the offspring of this giant Typhaon plus the serpent-woman Echidna.
    • In herpetology, a genus of East Indian serpents, regarding the pythons, having the mind completely covered with little machines.
    • A constellation of Hevelius, formed regarding four small performers associated with the constellation Hercules, now obsolete.
    • (Greek mythology) the three-headed puppy guarding the entrance to Hades; child of Typhon
  • proper-noun:
    • A taxonomic genus in the family Colubridae — certain liquid snakes..
    • The three-headed dog who guards the entrance inside Hades; and something of the many offspring of Echidna and Typhon.
    • A former constellation associated with the northern sky, near Hercules.

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