bucranium

[ byoo-krey-nee-uh m ]
/ byuˈkreɪ ni əm /

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.

Nearby words

  1. buckyball,
  2. buckytube,
  3. bucolic,
  4. bucolics,
  5. bucovina,
  6. bucureşti,
  7. bucyrus,
  8. bud,
  9. bud fission,
  10. bud mutation

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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