- a mythical creature resembling a horse, with a single horn in the center of its forehead: often symbolic of chastity or purity.
- a heraldic representation of this animal, in the form of a horse with a lion's tail and with a long, straight, and spirally twisted horn.
- (initial capital letter) Genetics. the constellation Monoceros.
- an animal mentioned in the Bible, Deut. 33:17: now believed by some to be a description of a wild ox or rhinoceros.
- a former gold coin of Scotland, first issued by James III in 1486, having an obverse bearing the figure of a unicorn.
- Finance. a relatively new company, usually less than ten years old, that is valued at $1 billion or more by public or private investors.
Origin of unicorn
Examples from the Web for unicorn
The victory in 1950 over England is precious, but in the way a unicorn might be: to be regarded wide-eyed, and scarcely believed.Stars and Stripes 2, Black Stars 1: Team USA Takes a Win From Ghana
June 17, 2014
Perhaps the name “unicorn” tells you how common it is for women to swing with couples.My Night at the NSFW Oscars
January 22, 2014
Dan worked hard and made a good picture: mountains, timber, blue sky…and in the foreground a blond girl and a unicorn.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
Have you ever been to the Musee Cluny to see the Lady with the Unicorn tapestries?How I Write: Tracy Chevalier
November 13, 2013
I was at the beach in Los Angeles this summer when I saw a unicorn.R.I.P. Blockbuster, You Frustratingly Magical Franchise, You
November 6, 2013
She, her unicorn, and her blockhead, were out of sight in a few minutes.
She drove in her unicorn to Oakly-park to pay Miss Portman a visit.
A canopied seat of Justice is surmounted by the lion and unicorn.The Silver Box (First Series Plays)
This vessel lay to and sent a boat to the Unicorn for news from Europe.
I will leave this house, I will seek out the worthy captain of the Unicorn.
- an imaginary creature usually depicted as a white horse with one long spiralled horn growing from its forehead
- Old Testament a two-horned animal, thought to be either the rhinoceros or the aurochs (Deuteronomy 33:17): mistranslation in the Authorized Version of the original Hebrew
Word Origin and History for unicorn
The Late Latin word translates Greek monoceros, itself rendering Hebrew re'em, which was probably a kind of wild ox. According to Pliny, a creature with a horse's body, deer's head, elephant's feet, lion's tail, and one black horn two cubits long projecting from its forehead. Cf. German Einhorn, Welsh ungorn, Breton uncorn, Old Church Slavonic ino-rogu.
A mythical animal resembling a small horse but with a long, straight horn growing out of its forehead. Often it was described as having the legs of a deer and the tail of a lion. Some sources claim it was visible only to virgins.