[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.

Nearby words

  1. cornstarch,
  2. cornstick,
  3. cornstone,
  4. cornu,
  5. cornu ammonis,
  6. cornucopia leg,
  7. cornute,
  8. cornuted,
  9. cornuto,
  10. cornwall

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

British Dictionary definitions for cornucopian



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 cornucopian



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.

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