- 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.