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- a mythical horselike animal with a single horn growing from the center of its forehead
Origin: < a mistransl. of Heb reem, wild oxBible a two-horned, oxlike animal: Deut. 33:17
Origin: Middle English unicorne from Old French from Classical Latin unicornis, one-horned from unus, one plush cornu, horn
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- 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 Astronomy The constellation Monoceros.
Origin: Middle 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.
unicorn - Cultural Definition
A mythical animal resembling a small horse but with a long, straight horn growing out of its forehead. Often it was described as having the legs of a deer and the tail of a lion. Some sources claim it was visible only to virgins.