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unicorn

Line breaks: uni|corn
Pronunciation: /ˈjuːnɪkɔːn
 
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Definition of unicorn in English:

noun

1A mythical animal typically represented as a horse with a single straight horn projecting from its forehead.
Example sentences
  • Could it be that true political geniuses are as mythical as unicorns?
  • The four unicorns reared and dove off the side of the cliffs just as the dragon's claws closed on the ground where they had just been, leaving large rents in the rocky surface.
  • Manticores, unicorns, and griffins are just a sampling of what I have seen.
1.1A heraldic representation of a unicorn, with a twisted horn, a deer’s feet, a goat’s beard, and a lion’s tail.
Example sentences
  • In the very few crannies left behind are fleurs-de-lis, rampant lions, unicorns, dogs, and vases of flowers.
  • The heraldic artist reconstructed this accurate description as the beautiful unicorn.
  • A panorama of the Houses of Parliament is sculpted in silver and 24-carat gold, along with the lion and unicorn from the royal standard.
2 historical A carriage drawn by three horses, two abreast and one leader: she drove in her unicorn to Oakly-park
2.1A team of three horses arranged with two abreast and one leading: team entries comprised two fours, three unicorns, and a three-abreast

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin unicornis, from uni- 'single' + cornu 'horn', translating Greek monokerōs.

Words that rhyme with unicorn

barleycornCapricorn

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