noun, plural cor·nu·a [kawr-noo-uh, -nyoo-uh] /ˈkɔr nu ə, -nyu ə/.
a horn, especially a bony part that resembles a horn.
Origin of cornu
1685–95;Related formscor·nu·al, adjectivesub·cor·nu·al, adjective
< Latin: horn
; akin to Greek kéras
), krāníon cranium
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Historical Examples of cornu
They watched me sideways, like this, especially Cornu, because he squints.
Name from cornu, a horn; alluding to the hardness of the wood.
On Trajan's column the tuba, the cornu and the buccina are distinguishable.
In Aves the cornu formed from the first branchial arch (fig. 331, cbr) is always larger than that of the true hyoid arch (ch).
Madame Cornu's last letter was a solemn exhortation to abstain from that step.
British Dictionary definitions for cornu
noun plural -nua (-njʊə)
Derived Formscornual, adjective
anatomy a part or structure resembling a horn or having a hornlike pattern, such as a cross section of the grey matter of the spinal cord
Word Origin for cornu
C17: from Latin: a horn
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n. pl. cor•nu•a (-nōō-ə)
Related formscor′nu•al adj.
A part or structure, such as a protuberance, that is composed of a horny substance.
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