unicorn

noun uni·corn \ ˈyü-nə-ˌkȯrn \

Definition of unicorn

1 :a mythical usually white animal generally depicted with the body and head of a horse with long flowing mane and tail and a single often spiraled horn in the middle of the forehead
2 :an animal mentioned in the Bible that is usually considered an aurochs, a one-horned rhinoceros, or an antelope

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Origin and Etymology of unicorn

Middle English unicorne, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin unicornis, from Latin, having one horn, from uni- + cornu horn — more at horn


UNICORN Defined for English Language Learners

unicorn

noun

Definition of unicorn for English Language Learners

  • : an imaginary animal that looks like a horse and has a straight horn growing from the middle of its forehead


UNICORN Defined for Kids

unicorn

noun uni·corn \ ˈyü-nə-ˌkȯrn \

Definition of unicorn for Students

:an imaginary animal that looks like a horse with one horn in the middle of the forehead

Medical Dictionary

unicorn

adjective uni·corn \ ˈyü-nə-ˌkȯ(ə)rn \

medical Definition of unicorn

:having a single horn or hornlike process
  • a unicorn uterus


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