al·​i·​corn ˈa-lə-ˌkȯrn How to pronounce alicorn (audio)
plural alicorns
: the horn of a unicorn
Many alicorns circulated during this period, often passing as prestige gifts from one royal house to another.Chris Lavers, The Natural History of Unicorns, 2009

Word History


borrowed from Italian alicorno, alicorne "unicorn," probably from a dissimilated variant of unicorno, borrowed from Late Latin ūnicornis unicorn

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alicorn was in 1966

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“Alicorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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