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Bucephalus

[byoo-sef-uh-luh s] /byuˈsɛf ə ləs/
noun
1.
the horse used by Alexander the Great on most of his military campaigns.
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  • He reaches the road leading to Medford, reins Bucephalus into it.

  • It was at the fair that Tony was made ill by riding on Bucephalus.

    Jackanapes Juliana Horatio Ewing
  • What do you do with the papers and stuff you sweep up of a morning, Bucephalus?

    The Hilltop Boys Cyril Burleigh
  • "So he mastered Bucephalus," said James Grey, when alone with his son.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • Bucephalus has had a lesson, and won't try to master me again.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • He was a right fine lad, and he managed Bucephalus beautiful.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • He dashed spurs into Bucephalus, and was off like an arrow from a bow.

    Shifting Winds R.M. Ballantyne
  • Bucephalus deliberately awoke, and after a moment's pause moved on.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • Mr. Kincaid stopped at the shed, and began to unharness Bucephalus.

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  • In a moment or so Bucephalus was tied in the shed and supplied with oats from a bag.

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British Dictionary definitions for Bucephalus

Bucephalus

/bjuːˈsɛfələs/
noun
1.
the favourite horse of Alexander the Great
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek Boukephalos, from bous ox + kephalē head
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Word Origin and History for Bucephalus

Alexander the Great's favorite horse, from Greek Boukephalos, literally "Ox-head," from bous "ox" (see cow (n.)) + kephale "head" (see cephalo-).

Men called [him] Bucephalus ... of the marke or brand of a buls head, which was imprinted vpon his shoulder. [Pliny, I.220, tr. Holland, 1601]

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