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  • n. The head of an ox.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sculptured ornament, representing an ox skull adorned with wreaths, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In art, the skull of an ox: an ornament often sculptured, frequently with adornment of wreaths or other decoration, on the frieze of the entablature in the Roman Ionic and Corinthian orders of architecture, and also in other situations.
  • n. The herb calf's-snout.

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  • This wisdom received from a brainy chum:
    To put down one who is plainly dumb,
    "You're a horse's ass,"
    Is needlessly crass,
    But fulsomely praise his bucranium.

    November 6, 2014