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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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A decoration in white paint over the doorways of certain houses in the south is a relic of the religious custom of placing a bucranium there to avert evil.
He was a musician, being given to improvising verses while accompanying himself on a lute of his own invention, shaped like a bucranium and possessing wonderful sonorousness.
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