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noun (1)

plural bucephaluses
or bucephali
: a riding horse especially if spirited and mettlesome
often used ironically


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noun (2)

: a genus of small digenetic trematodes having the mouth near the center of the ventral surface and the intestine saclike and not bifurcated and comprising intestinal parasites of carnivorous fishes

Word History


Noun (1)

after Bucephalus, horse of Alexander the Great †323 b.c. king of Macedonia, from Latin, from Greek Boukephalos

Noun (2)

New Latin, from Greek boukephalos bullheaded

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“Bucephalus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bucephalus. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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