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[ kawr-nuh-koh-pee-uh, -nyuh- ]


  1. Classical Mythology. a horn containing food, drink, etc., in endless supply, said to have been a horn of the goat Amalthaea.
  2. a representation of this horn, used as a symbol of abundance.
  3. an abundant, overflowing supply.
  4. a horn-shaped or conical receptacle or ornament.


/ ˌkɔːnjʊˈkəʊpɪə /


  1. Greek myth the horn of Amalthea, the goat that suckled Zeus
  2. a representation of such a horn in painting, sculpture, etc, overflowing with fruit, vegetables, etc; horn of plenty
  3. a great abundance; overflowing supply
  4. a horn-shaped container

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Derived Forms

  • ˌcornuˈcopian, adjective
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Other Words From

  • cornu·copi·an adjective
  • cor·nu·co·pi·ate [kawr-n, uh, -, koh, -pee-it], adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of cornucopia1

First recorded in 1585–95; from Late Latin cornū cōpiae “horn of plenty,” from Latin cornū “horn” + cōpiae (genitive singular of cōpia “abundance”); horn, cornu, copious
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Word History and Origins

Origin of cornucopia1

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

Pair those beers with a cornucopia of food, including tacos from Hi-Fi Taco, Detroit pizza squares from Slice Joint, or smashburgers from Red Apron.

Perhaps the flashiest upgrade in the cornucopia of features brought to us by this new iOS update comes in the form of the Apple FaceTime facelift.

The solar system, it turns out, contains a cornucopia of small rocky and icy bodies that have challenged the very definition of a planet.

The caterpillars gorge on the flora cornucopia, and the butterfly numbers balloon.

From Vox

For nearly 20 years, the 25 nominees for best actor, actress, and director receive a commercial cornucopia of products and vouchers for exotic trips and services from brands hoping for some celebrity media exposure.

From Quartz

Economic development, then, is not simply about adding a cornucopia of talent or cool, then shaking and stirring it like a drink.

The plane was overflowing with a cornucopia of luxury food and amenities, as if destined for Paris.

Each presents such a cornucopia of opportunity, it would be hard to know where to begin.

"We just figure if he wins there will be a cornucopia of material for us," said a fellow who identified himself as G Man.

Springtime is the best time for foraging, with a cornucopia of wild vegetables sprouting up in all parts of the country.

It had two pilasters of stone cut in facets, and the coping represented a reclining woman holding a cornucopia.

Bracelet, with a winged cornucopia as central ornament, set with plasmas, and with filigree and leaf work.

This can be forced through a pastry tube, or through a cornucopia, made from ordinary white letter paper.

Faith, I've seen Hamlut played wid a new black eye an' the queen as full as a cornucopia.

A bunch of violets or a box of mignonnette suggests to sensitive imaginations the whole cornucopia of Flora.


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More About Cornucopia

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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