- (in classical architecture) an ornament, especially on a frieze, having the form of the skull of an ox.
Also bu·crane [byoo-kreyn] /byuˈkreɪn/.
Origin of bucranium
1850–55; < Late Latin būcrānium < Greek boukrā́ni(on) an ox-head, equivalent to Greek bou- (stem of boûs) ox + krāníon cranium
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