- a mythical horselike animal with a single horn growing from the center of its forehead
Origin of unicorn< a mistransl. of Heb reem, wild oxBible a two-horned, oxlike animal: Deut. 33:17
Origin of unicornMiddle English unicorne from Old French from Classical Latin unicornis, one-horned from unus, one + cornu, horn
- a. A fabled creature symbolic of virginity and usually represented as a horse with a single straight spiraled horn projecting from its forehead.b. Heraldry A representation of this beast, having a horse's body, a stag's legs, a lion's tail, and a straight spiraled horn growing from its forehead, especially employed as a supporter for the Royal Arms of Great Britain or of Scotland.
- Unicorn The constellation Monoceros.
Origin of unicornMiddle English unicorne from Old French from Late Latin ūnicornis from Latin having one horn ūnus one ; see oi-no- in Indo-European roots. cornū horn ; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.
The Lady and the Unicorn: "Sight,"one in a series of six 15th-century tapestries
- A mythical beast resembling a horse with a single, straight, spiraled horn projecting from its forehead.
- 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.
- (historical) In various Bible translations, used to render the Latin unicornis or rhinoceros (representing Hebrew ×¨Ö°×Öµ×); a reem or wild ox.
unicorn - Computer Definition
A new company valued at more than one billion U.S. dollars before going public. Numerous tech startups have been unicorns. A mythological creature depicted as a white horse with a long horn on its forehead, it is said to have great power as well as be a symbol of truth and purity. Unicorns have also been portrayed as combination goat-horse animals. See decicorn.