variants or less commonly bucrane
plural bucrania
also bucranes
: a sculptured ornament (as on a Roman Ionic or Corinthian frieze) composed of an ox skull adorned with ribbons or garlands

Word History


Latin, from Greek boukranion ox head, from bous ox, head of cattle + kranion skull

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“Bucranium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bucranium. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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