bucranium

noun
bu·​cra·​ni·​um | \byüˈkrānēəm\
variants: or less commonly bucrane \(ˈ)byü¦krān \
plural bucrania\byüˈkrānēə \ also bucranes

Definition of bucranium 

: 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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History and Etymology for bucranium

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

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