[ bahy-kawrn ]
/ ˈbaɪ kɔrn /

adjective Also bi·cor·nate [bahy-kawr-nit, -neyt] /baɪˈkɔr nɪt, -neɪt/, bi·cor·nu·ate [bahy-kawr-nyoo-it, -eyt] /baɪˈkɔr nyu ɪt, -ˌeɪt/, bi·cor·nu·ous.

Botany, Zoology. having two horns or hornlike parts.
shaped like a crescent.


Origin of bicorn

1745–55; < Latin bicornis, equivalent to bi- bi-1 + corn(ū) horn + -is adj. suffix

Definition for bicorn (2 of 3)

[ bahy-kawrn ]
/ ˈbaɪ kɔrn /


(in early French and English literature) a mythical animal, usually depicted as a grotesquely fat beast, that existed solely by devouring virtuous husbands.
Compare Chichivache.

Origin of Bicorn

1375–1425; late Middle English Bycorne < Middle French < Latin bicornis bicorn

Definition for bicorn (3 of 3)


or bi·corn

[ bahy-kawrn ]
/ ˈbaɪ kɔrn /


a two-cornered cocked hat worn especially in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
a two-horned animal.

Origin of bicorne

< French, Middle French; see bicorn, Bicorn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bicorn

  • "Colonel Henry Dodge," said a tall, whip-lean officer wearing a bicorn hat.

    Shaman|Robert Shea

British Dictionary definitions for bicorn


bicornate (baɪˈkɔːnɪt, -ˌneɪt) or bicornuate (baɪˈkɔːnjʊɪt, -ˌeɪt)

/ (ˈbaɪkɔːn) /


having two horns or hornlike parts

Word Origin for bicorn

C19: from Latin bicornis, from bi- 1 + cornu horn
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