from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A devilish person; a fiend.
  • n. Greek Mythology Cerberus, the watchdog of Hades.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A demonic dog of Hell, typically of unnaturally large size, strength or speed, black fur, glowing eyes, and ghostly or phantom characteristics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dog of hell; an agent of hell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dog of hell; an agent of hell; a hellish person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Greek mythology) the three-headed dog guarding the entrance to Hades; son of Typhon
  • n. a very evil man


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  • Wow. So Queen Margaret probably wasn't invited to the baby shower, then.

    October 28, 2007

  • I always think of Richard III (though the real guy wasn't nearly like Shakespeare's depiction). In the play, former Queen Margaret (of Anjou) curses Richard's mother:

    "From forth the kennel of thy womb hath crept

    A hellhound that doth hunt us all to death:

    That dog, that had his teeth before his eyes,

    To worry lambs and lap their gentle blood,

    That foul defacer of God's handiwork,

    That excellent grand tyrant of the earth

    That reigns in gallèd eyes of weeping souls,

    Thy womb let loose to chase us to our graves."

    Oh no, she DI'N'T!!

    October 28, 2007