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bucranium

[ byoo-krey-nee-uhm ]
/ byuˈkreɪ ni əm /
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noun, plural bu·cra·ni·a [byoo-krey-nee-uh]. /byuˈkreɪ ni ə/.
(in classical architecture) an ornament, especially on a frieze, having the form of the skull of an ox.
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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 + krāníoncranium

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