from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The head of an ox.
- noun A stupid fellow; a blockhead; a dolt.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Literally, the head of an ox (emblem of cuckoldom); hence, a dolt; a blockhead.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The
headof an ox; an emblemof cuckoldom.
- noun A
dolt; a blockhead.
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"oxhead," "house," and "camel" were merely artificial mnemonic devices similar to those which modern school children use when they recite: "A is for Apple."
_oxhead and flowers_ which now flourish over every door in the new-built streets of London; but the original of which, as Livy tells us, and I believe Plutarch too, was this.