Etymology
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Cerberus

"watch-dog guardian of Hades," late 14c., Latinized form of Greek Kerberos, which is of unknown origin, according to Klein it is perhaps cognate with Sanskrit karbarah, sabalah "spotted, speckled;" Sabalah was the name of one of the two dogs of Yama. Usually represented with three heads.

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Definitions of Cerberus

Cerberus (n.)
(Greek mythology) the three-headed dog guarding the entrance to Hades; son of Typhon;
Synonyms: hellhound
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