bucranium

noun bu·cra·ni·um \byüˈkrānēəm\
variants: less commonly

bucrane

\(ˈ)byü¦krān\

Definition of bucranium

plural

bucrania

\byüˈkrānēə\ also

bucranes

  1. :  a sculptured ornament (as on a Roman Ionic or Corinthian frieze) composed of an ox skull adorned with ribbons or garlands

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Origin and Etymology of bucranium

Latin, from Greek boukranion ox head, from bous ox, head of cattle + kranion skull — more at cow, cranium


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