cornucopia[kôr′nə kō′pē ə, -nyo̵̅o̅-]
A cornucopia filled with pumpkins
- An example of a cornucopia is the cone-shaped decoration often seen in Thanksgiving decorations.
- An example of a cornucopia is a huge amount of food for a small barbecue.
The definition of a cornucopia is a cone-shaped container that is overflowing with food and flowers, or an abundance of something.
- Gr. Myth. a horn of the goat that suckled Zeus: it becomes full of whatever its owner wants
- a representation in painting, sculpture, etc. of a horn overflowing with fruits, flowers, and grain; horn of plenty
- an overflowing fullness; abundance
- any cone-shaped container
Origin of cornucopiaClassical Latin cornu copiae, horn of plenty: see horn and amp; copious
- Greek Mythology The horn of the goat that suckled Zeus, which broke off and became filled with fruit. In folklore, it became full of whatever its owner desired.
- A representation of a goat's horn overflowing with fruit, flowers, and grain, signifying prosperity. Also called horn of plenty.
- A cone-shaped ornament or receptacle.
- An overflowing store; an abundance: a cornucopia of employment opportunities.
Origin of cornucopiaLate Latin cornūcōpia, from Latin cornū cōpiae : cornū, horn; see cornu + cōpiae, genitive of cōpia, plenty; see op- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural cornucopias)
From Latin Cornūcōpiae (“mythical horn of plenty”), from cornū (“horn”) + cōpia (“supply”)