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bucranium

[ byoo-krey-nee-uhm ]

noun

, plural bu·cra·ni·a [byoo-, krey, -nee-, uh].
  1. (in classical architecture) an ornament, especially on a frieze, having the form of the skull of an ox.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of bucranium1

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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