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[kawr-nuh-koh-pee-uh, -nyuh-] /ˌkɔr nəˈkoʊ pi ə, -nyə-/
Classical Mythology. a horn containing food, drink, etc., in endless supply, said to have been a horn of the goat Amalthaea.
a representation of this horn, used as a symbol of abundance.
an abundant, overflowing supply.
a horn-shaped or conical receptacle or ornament.
Origin of cornucopia
1585-95; < Late Latin, equivalent to Latin cornū horn (see cornu) + cōpiae of plenty (genitive stem of cōpia); see copious
Related forms
cornucopian, adjective
[kawr-nuh-koh-pee-it] /ˌkɔr nəˈkoʊ pi ɪt/ (Show IPA),
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  • The cornucopia of spiritual blessings was now opened on Mansoul.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • But look what the ornamentation is;—fruit and leaves, abundant, in the mouth of a cornucopia.

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
  • Provisions of every sort and variety are poured out in Ceylon from an American cornucopia of some Saturnian age.

  • I shall come from London Town with a cornucopia of presents.

    Moor Fires E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  • In the centre is a small altar, placed before a niche, ornamented with the painting of some goddess holding a cornucopia.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
British Dictionary definitions for cornucopia


(Greek myth) the horn of Amalthea, the goat that suckled Zeus
a representation of such a horn in painting, sculpture, etc, overflowing with fruit, vegetables, etc; horn of plenty
a great abundance; overflowing supply
a horn-shaped container
Derived Forms
cornucopian, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin, from Latin cornūcōpiae horn of plenty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cornucopia

c.1500, from Late Latin cornucopia, from Latin cornu copiae "horn of plenty," originally the horn of the goat Amalthea, who nurtured the infant Zeus. See horn (n.) and copious.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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