[ kawr-nuh-koh-pee-uh, -nyuh- ]
/ ˌkɔr nəˈkoʊ pi ə, -nyə- /
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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.


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Origin of cornucopia

First recorded in 1585–95; from Late Latin cornū cōpiae “horn of plenty,” from Latin cornū “horn” + cōpiae (genitive singular of cōpia “abundance”); see origin at horn, cornu, copious


cor·nu·co·pi·an, adjectivecor·nu·co·pi·ate [kawr-nuh-koh-pee-it], /ˌkɔr nəˈkoʊ pi ɪt/, adjective
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What is a cornucopia?

Cornucopia refers to an abundance or an overflowing supply, as in Santa Claus’ workshop has a cornucopia of toys, everything from alphabet blocks to stuffed zebras.  

A cornucopia is a horned-shaped container filled with food or a decoration resembling this. You might commonly see images of a straw cornucopia with fruits and vegetables in it around Thanksgiving.

The original cornucopia comes from Greek mythology. It was an empty goat horn that spilled out an endless supply of food and drink.

The adjective cornucopian describes something related to a cornucopia, usually a large amount of something, as in The warehouse was stocked with a cornucopian amount of food and drinks. 

Example: We were amazed by the cornucopia of foods and desserts available at the bustling marketplace. 

Where does cornucopia come from?

The first records of the word cornucopia come from around 1585. It comes from the Latin cornūcōpiae meaning “horn of plenty.” It combines the Latin cornū, meaning “horn,” and cōpia, meaning “abundance.”

The cornucopia, also known as “the horn of plenty,” comes from Greek mythology. The Greek god Zeus was nursed by a goat named Amalthaea. She presented Zeus with one of her horns, which was filled with an endless supply of fruit. Today, images of this magic horn are used to represent abundance, especially of food.

The name of the constellation Capricorn comes from the same Latin words cornucopia originates from. In some legends, Capricorn the Goat is actually the same Amalthaea that gifted Zeus the horn of plenty.

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Cornucopia is a word used to mean “a large amount” or something that has a large supply of stuff in it.



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British Dictionary definitions for cornucopia

/ (ˌkɔːnjʊˈkəʊpɪə) /

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 of cornucopia

cornucopian, adjective

Word Origin for cornucopia

C16: from Late Latin, from Latin cornūcōpiae horn of plenty
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