from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fabled creature symbolic of virginity and usually represented as a horse with a single straight spiraled horn projecting from its forehead.
- n. Heraldry A representation of this beast, having a horse's body, a stag's legs, a lion's tail, and a straight spiraled horn growing from its forehead, especially employed as a supporter for the Royal Arms of Great Britain or of Scotland.
- n. Astronomy The constellation Monoceros.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mythical beast traditionally represented as having the legs of a buck, the body of a horse, the tail of a lion with a single spiral horn on its head; a symbol of virginity.
- n. A heraldic representation of such a beast used as a charge or as a supporter; as in the arms of Great Britain and of Scotland.
- n. In various Bible translations, used to render the Latin unicornis or rhinoceros (representing Hebrew רְאֵם); a reem or wild ox.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; -- often represented in heraldry as a supporter.
- n. A two-horned animal of some unknown kind, so called in the Authorized Version of the Scriptures.
- n. Any large beetle having a hornlike prominence on the head or prothorax.
- n. The larva of a unicorn moth.
- n. The kamichi; -- called also unicorn bird.
- n. A howitzer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A traditional or fabulous animal, with a single long horn, the monoceros of classic writers, commonly described as a native of India, but in terms not certainly applicable to any known animal.
- n. A mistranslation in the authorized version of the Bible (Deut. xxxiii. 17, and elsewhere) of the Hebrew word re'ēm.
- n. In heraldry, the representation of the fabulous animal used as a bearing.
- n. The unicorn-fish, unicorn-whale, sea-unicorn, or narwhal, whose enormously long single incisor tooth projects like a horn. See Monodon, monoceros, 3.
- n. The kamichi or horned screamer, Palamedea cornuta; the unicorn-bird. N. Grew. See cut under Palamedea.
- n. A kind of beetle having a single long horn; a unicorn-beetle. Various large beetles literally answer to this definition, being unicornous, with a large single prothoracic horn. See Dynastes, elephant-beetle, Hercules-beetle.
- n. In conchology, a unicorn-shell. See cut under Monoceros.
- n. A pair of horses with a third horse in front; also, the whole equipage.
- n. A Scottish gold coin issued by James III., James IV., and James V., having the figure of a unicorn on the obverse. Its standard weight was 58.89 grains troy, and it was current for 23 shillings Scotch.
- n. [capitalized] In astronomy, the constellation Monoceros.
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- n. an imaginary creature represented as a white horse with a long horn growing from its forehead
Middle English unicorne, from Old French, from Late Latin ūnicornis, from Latin, having one horn : ūnus, one; + cornū, horn.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)