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


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.

Origin of cornucopia

1585–95; < Late Latin, equivalent to Latin cornū horn (see cornu) + cōpiae of plenty (genitive stem of cōpia); see copious
Related formscor·nu·co·pi·an, adjectivecor·nu·co·pi·ate [kawr-nuh-koh-pee-it] /ˌkɔr nəˈkoʊ pi ɪt/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of cornucopia

Historical Examples of cornucopia

  • The cornucopia of spiritual blessings was now opened on Mansoul.


    James Anthony Froude

  • But look what the ornamentation is;—fruit and leaves, abundant, in the mouth of a cornucopia.

  • I shall come from London Town with a cornucopia of presents.

    Moor Fires

    E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young

  • In one hand the figure held a cornucopia, in the other a pair of pincers.

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill

  • Every gift of genius that Nature can shower from her cornucopia.'

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill

British Dictionary definitions for cornucopia



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 Formscornucopian, adjective

Word Origin for cornucopia

C16: from Late Latin, from Latin cornūcōpiae horn of plenty
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Word Origin and History for cornucopia

c.1500, from Late Latin cornucopia, from Latin cornu copiae "horn of plenty," originally the horn of the goat Amalthea, who nurtured the infant Zeus. See horn (n.) and copious.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper