Definitions for unicornˈyu nɪˌkɔrn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

u•ni•cornˈyu nɪˌkɔrn(n.)

  1. a mythical creature resembling a horse, with a single horn in the center of its forehead: often symbolic of chastity or purity.

    Category: Mythology

  2. an animal mentioned in the Bible: now believed to be a wild ox or rhinoceros. Deut. 33:17.

    Category: Bible

Origin of unicorn:

1175–1225; ME unicorne (< OF) < L ūnicornis one-horned; see uni -, -corn

Princeton's WordNet

  1. unicorn(noun)

    an imaginary creature represented as a white horse with a long horn growing from its forehead

Wiktionary

  1. unicorn(Noun)

    A mythical beast traditionally represented as having the legs of a buck, the body of a horse, the tail of a lion with a single spiral horn on its head; a symbol of virginity.

  2. unicorn(Noun)

    A heraldic representation of such a beast used as a charge or as a supporter; as in the arms of Great Britain and of Scotland.

  3. unicorn(Noun)

    In various Bible translations, used to render the Latin unicornis or rhinoceros (representing Hebrew u05E8u05D0u05DD); a reem or wild ox.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unicorn(noun)

    a fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; -- often represented in heraldry as a supporter

  2. Unicorn(noun)

    a two-horned animal of some unknown kind, so called in the Authorized Version of the Scriptures

  3. Unicorn(noun)

    any large beetle having a hornlike prominence on the head or prothorax

  4. Unicorn(noun)

    the larva of a unicorn moth

  5. Unicorn(noun)

    the kamichi; -- called also unicorn bird

  6. Unicorn(noun)

    a howitzer

Freebase

  1. Unicorn

    The unicorn is a legendary animal from European folklore that resembles a white horse with a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead, and sometimes a goat's beard and cloven hooves. First mentioned by the ancient Greeks, it became the most important imaginary animal of the Middle Ages and Renaissance when it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin. In the encyclopedias its horn was said to have the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Unicorn

    a fabulous animal like a horse, with a cubit and a half long horn on the forehead; was adopted by James I. as the symbol of Scotland on the royal arms; is in Christian art a symbol of the incarnation, and an emblem of female chastity.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

unicorn(noun)

in mythology, an animal like a horse, but with one straight horn on the forehead.

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