noun (1)
mo·​noc·​er·​os | \ mə-ˈnä-sə-rəs How to pronounce monoceros (audio) \
plural -es

Definition of monoceros

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a fish (as the swordfish or sawfish) with one hornlike process


noun (2)
Mo·​noc·​er·​os | \ mə-ˈnä-sə-rəs How to pronounce Monoceros (audio) \

Definition of Monoceros (Entry 2 of 2)

: a northern constellation that is visible between the constellations of Canis Minor and Canis Major and that is represented by the figure of a unicorn Betelgeuse, Sirius and Procyon form an almost perfect equilateral triangle. Most of the constellation Monoceros lies in that triangle. Unless you're observing away from city lights, you probably won't see much with your naked eye. And, even from a dark site, faint Monoceros looks nothing like a unicorn.— John Stanley, Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2005

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First Known Use of monoceros

Noun (2)

1715, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monoceros

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin, from Greek monokeros, from mon- + -keros (from keras horn)

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“Monoceros.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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