/hel"hownd'/, n.
1. a mythical watchdog of hell.
2. a fiendish person.
[bef. 900; ME, OE helle hund; see HELL, HOUND1]

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▪ mythological creature
      a dog represented in mythology (such as that of ancient Greece and Scandinavia) as standing guard in the underworld. In Greek mythology this was Cerberus, a three-headed, dragon-tailed dog.

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