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cerberus


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cerberus  \Cer"be*rus\,  n.  [L.  Cerberus  (in  sense  1),  gr  ?.] 
  1.  (Class.  Myth.)  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. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  genus  of  East  Indian  serpents,  allied  to  the 
  pythons;  the  bokadam. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Cerberus 
  n  :  (Greek  mythology)  3-headed  dog  guarding  the  entrance  to 
  Hades;  son  of  Typhon  [syn:  {Cerberus}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  CERBERUS,  n.  The  watch-dog  of  Hades,  whose  duty  it  was  to  guard  the 
  entrance  --  against  whom  or  what  does  not  clearly  appear;  everybody, 
  sooner  or  later  had  to  go  there  and  nobody  wanted  to  carry  off  the 
  entrance.  Cerberus  is  known  to  have  had  three  heads,  and  some  of  the 
  poets  have  credited  him  with  as  many  as  a  hundred.  Professor 
  Graybill,  whose  clerky  erudition  and  profound  knowledge  of  Greek  give 
  his  opinion  great  weight,  has  averaged  all  the  estimates,  and  makes 
  the  number  twenty-seven  --  a  judgment  that  would  be  entirely 
  conclusive  is  Professor  Graybill  had  known  a  something  about  dogs, 
  and  b  something  about  arithmetic. 
 
 




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