- the horse used by Alexander the Great on most of his military campaigns.
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Examples from the Web for bucephalus
Historical Examples of bucephalus
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.
What do you do with the papers and stuff you sweep up of a morning, Bucephalus?
"So he mastered Bucephalus," said James Grey, when alone with his son.
Bucephalus has had a lesson, and won't try to master me again.
British Dictionary definitions for bucephalus
- the favourite horse of Alexander the Great
Word Origin for Bucephalus
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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