[ sur-ber-uh s ]
/ ˈsɜr bər əs /
noun, plural Cer·ber·us·es, Cer·ber·i [sur-buh-rahy] /ˈsɜr bəˌraɪ/ for 2.
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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM CerberusCer·be·re·an [ser-beer-ee-uh n] /sərˈbɪər i ən/, Cer·ber·ic, adjective
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Example sentences 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|Maurice Bloomfield
British Dictionary definitions for cerberi
/ (ˈsɜːbərəs) /
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
Derived forms of CerberusCerberean (səˈbɪərɪən), adjective
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Cultural definitions for cerberi
[ (sur-buh-ruhs) ]
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