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cornucopia

Line breaks: cor¦nu|co¦pia
Pronunciation: /ˌkɔːnjʊˈkəʊpɪə
 
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Definition of cornucopia in English:

noun

1A symbol of plenty consisting of a goat’s horn overflowing with flowers, fruit, and corn.
Example sentences
  • These were decorated using stencils and bronze powders (which were less expensive than paints) with motifs such as cornucopias, baskets of flowers, trailing vines, and a wide variety of decorative patterns.
  • Bring a cornucopia or other symbol of thanksgiving and photos of some of your friends, the children you meet, and members of the church family.
  • Bring the cornucopia or other symbol of thanksgiving that you used last week.
1.1An ornamental container shaped like a goat’s horn.
Example sentences
  • The rare cornucopia shown in Plate XVI is embellished with free-floating murrhine and entwined with a seventeenth-century-style crested serpent.
  • The figure of Ceres on the stem of the cup holds a cornucopia.
  • Although the author does not mention it, you can see, from the useful illustrations contained here, that the cornucopia in Britannia's hand has been transformed into a sword in the hand of Leviathan.
1.2An abundant supply of good things of a specified kind: the festival offers a cornucopia of pleasures
More example sentences
  • Asian powers such as China and Japan have economies dependent on exports and are eager to supply us with a cornucopia of goods.
  • With Edinburgh playing host to a cornucopia of festivals over the coming month, it can be difficult to step back and take each individual programme on its own merit.
  • The Visual Arts Gallery is hosting the exhibition titled ‘Dreams’ a cornucopia of digital media printed on canvas.

Origin

early 16th century: from late Latin, from Latin cornu copiae 'horn of plenty' (a mythical horn able to provide whatever is desired).

Derivatives

cornucopian

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adjective
Example sentences
  • I imagine the beguiling capsules pricked, skins wrinkling as they leak though they look certain as glass as if plucked from the cornucopian table of a seventeenth century still life.
  • John Greenway, Derek Watson and many others will not be able to resist the temptation to win a hamper, a turkey, whisky and lovely money amongst the cornucopian prize list.
  • Not so the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, whose inaugural show some 25 years ago featured a cornucopian banquet table loaded with the daily breads of the world - twisted, braided, and kneaded.

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