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Bucephalus

[byoo-sef-uh-luh s]
noun
  1. the horse used by Alexander the Great on most of his military campaigns.
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Historical Examples of bucephalus

  • He reaches the road leading to Medford, reins Bucephalus into it.

    Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times

    Charles Carleton Coffin

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for bucephalus

Bucephalus

noun
  1. the favourite horse of Alexander the Great
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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

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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