[ kawr-noo, -nyoo ]

noun,plural cor·nu·a [kawr-noo-uh, -nyoo-uh]. /ˈkɔr nu ə, -nyu ə/. Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. an anatomical structure, especially a bony part, that resembles a horn.

Origin of cornu

First recorded in 1685–95; from Latin: horn; akin to Greek kéras (see cerat-), krāníon cranium

Other words from cornu

  • cor·nu·al, adjective
  • sub·cor·nu·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for cornu


/ (ˈkɔːnjuː) /

nounplural -nua (-njʊə)
  1. 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

Origin of cornu

C17: from Latin: a horn

Derived forms of cornu

  • cornual, adjective

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