- Also Kerberos. Classical Mythology. a dog, usually represented as having three heads, that guarded the entrance of the infernal regions.
- a formidable and often surly keeper or guard.
Examples from the Web for cerberi
With the change of the abode of the dead from inferno to heaven the two Cerberi are eo ipso also evicted.Cerberus, The Dog of Hades
- Greek myth a dog, usually represented as having three heads, that guarded the entrance to Hades
- a sop to Cerberus a bribe or something given to propitiate a potential source of danger or problems
Word Origin and History for cerberi
"watch-dog guardian of Hades," late 14c., Latinized form of Greek Kerberos, of unknown origin, according to Klein perhaps cognate with Sanskrit karbarah, sabalah "spotted, speckled;" Sabalah was the name of one of the two dogs of Yama.