al·​i·​corn | \ ˈa-lə-ˌkȯrn How to pronounce alicorn (audio) \
plural alicorns

Definition of alicorn

: 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

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First Known Use of alicorn

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alicorn

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

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“Alicorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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