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Alexander the Great's war horse.
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(Historical Terms) the favourite horse of Alexander the Great
[C17: from Latin, from Greek Boukephalos, from bous ox + kephalē head]
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(byuˈsɛf ə ləs)

the horse used by Alexander the Great on most of his military campaigns.
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He next proceeded to inspect his hack, which, with more quartos than a real and more blemishes than the steed of Gonela, that "tantum pellis et ossa fuit," surpassed in his eyes the Bucephalus of Alexander or the Babieca of the Cid.
For them stage-coaches will have become romances--a team of four bays as fabulous as Bucephalus or Black Bess.
"Intact, my dear friend; besides the harness of your Bucephalus and mine."
If big can be beautiful, speed is the buzz and as Kingsgate Native rocketed up the rails in the Audi Stakes there was that raw, sensuous admiration that certainly stretches all the way back to when Alexander first clamped himself in behind Bucephalus mane.
And only one trematode, Bucephalus polymorphus, is known to cause parasitic damage to zebra mussels (Molloy et al.
Bucephalus, trained by David Wachman, rounded off the day in brilliant fashion for Berry.
Berry is a joy to watch when he gets it right, but this ride on a horse who should have won well must have been so frustrating for Bucephalus's backers.
Infection of oysters by the digenetic trematode Bucephalus suggested the presence of either the definitive host Lepisosteus (gars of the family Lepisosteidae) or the second intermediate host Mugil cephalus, the striped mullet.
McDonogh completed his double on Dusty Trail for Kevin and Leslie Prendergast in the 1m handicap, his mount battling back to see off Bucephalus by a short head.
Helminths included an unidentified turbellarian (prevalence 1% to 4%) observed at three sites and the digenetic trematodes Echinostoma sp., Proctoeces maculatus and Bucephalus sp.
BUCEPHALUS, who came in for plenty of support when he finished out of the money in a three-year-old handicap at Galway, was the subject of another misplaced gamble when the Montjeu gelding had to settle for fifth spot behind Sara Cara in the three-year-old handicap.
Hemolymph-free amino acids and related nitrogenous compounds of Crassostrea virginica infected with Bucephalus sp.