from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Alexander the Great's war horse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The celebrated war horse of Alexander the Great.
  • n. Hence, any riding horse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The cercarian larval stage of certain flukes, or Trematoda, named under the supposition that it was a distinct animal.
  • n. In herpetology, a genus of African snakes, of the family Dendrophidæ, as the Bucephalus capensis.
  • n. [lowercase] A snake of this genus: as, “the Cape bucephalus,” Sclater.
  • n. [lowercase] A jocose name for a riding-horse, implying ‘a spirited or raging steed,’ in allusion to the spirited steed of Alexander the Great.


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  • Great's, called Bucephalus, or Orlando Furioso's, the name of which was Brigliador, nor yet Bayard, the horse of Reinaldos of

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  • He rode a horse seventeen hands high, called Bucephalus, which invariably ran away with him, and more than once had nearly capsized Lord Wellington.

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  • Alexander rested a month on the banks of the Hydaspes, where he celebrated his victory by games and sacrifices, and founded two towns one of which he named Nicaea, and the other Bucephala, in honour of his gallant charger Bucephalus, which is said to have died there.

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  • Alexander the Great had his "Bucephalus," that dashed away as if on wings as his daring master mounted him.

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  • To Helena had been allotted a fine bay, big and powerful as well as comely, by name Benito; to Herbert a black, chosen by him for its resemblance to his own "Bucephalus," "back home" where Portia was, and from a sentiment similar to Dolly's.

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  • And for the price of horses, ranging from 3 minas (= L12 circa) for a common horse, or 12 minas (say L50) for a good saddle or race-horse, up to the extravagant sum of 13 talents (say 3000 guineas) given for "Bucephalus," see Boeckh, "P.E. A."

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  • "Don't call my Bucephalus a cart-horse, aunt," said Kenneth, beginning to eat languidly; "true, he is uncommonly big and strong, but then I am unusually big too, so we're well matched; and then his limbs are as delicately turned as those of a racer; and you should see him taking a five-barred gate, aunt!

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  • "Bucephalus," Polly said indignantly, "was the favorite horse of Alexander the Great.

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  • Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images Workers adjusted ropes on a bronze component of a statue of Alexander the Great and his horse, Bucephalus, on the main square in Skopje, Macedonia.

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  • The components of the 12.5-meter high bronze statue sitting astride his horse Bucephalus were placed Tuesday in the fenced area where the construction of the unfinished pedestal is still under way.

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