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

Origin of bicorn

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


  1. (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


or bi·corn

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

Origin of bicorne

< French, Middle French; see bicorn, Bicorn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bicorn

Historical Examples of bicorn

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


    Robert Shea

British Dictionary definitions for bicorn


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

  1. having two horns or hornlike parts

Word Origin for bicorn

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