unicorn

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n unicorn an imaginary creature represented as a white horse with a long horn growing from its forehead
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Og, riding gaily on the unicorn behind the Ark, was quite happy Og, riding gaily on the unicorn behind the Ark, was quite happy

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rhinos are in the same family as horses, and are thought to have inspired the myth of the unicorn.
    • Unicorn A fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; -- often represented in heraldry as a supporter.
    • Unicorn (Mil) A howitzer.
    • Unicorn A two-horned animal of some unknown kind, so called in the Authorized Version of the Scriptures. "Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow?"
    • Unicorn (Zoöl) Any large beetle having a hornlike prominence on the head or prothorax.
    • Unicorn (Zoöl) The kamichi; -- called also unicorn bird.
    • Unicorn (Zoöl) The larva of a unicorn moth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n unicorn 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. It is supposed that one of the several large antelopes may have furnished the basis of fact of accounts, since the long straight or recurved horns viewed in profile would appear single. See def. 3.
    • n unicorn A mistranslation in the authorized version of the Bible (Deut. xxxiii. 17, and elsewhere) of the Hebrew word re'ēm. This named a two-horned animal, which has been supposed to be the urns. In the revised version the word is translated wild-ox.
    • n unicorn In heraldry, the representation of the fabulous animal used as a bearing. It is delineated as a horse, but with the tail of a lion and a long straight horn growing out of the forehead between the ears; often the hoofs are represented as cloven. The actual animal most like this bearing is the gnu.
    • n unicorn The unicorn-fish, unicorn-whale, sea-unicorn, or narwhal, whose enormously long single incisor tooth projects like a horn. See Monodon, monoceros, 3.
    • n unicorn The kamichi or horned screamer, Palamedea cornuta; the unicorn-bird. N. Grew. See cut under Palamedea.
    • n unicorn 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 unicorn In conchology, a unicorn-shell. See cut under Monoceros.
    • n unicorn A pair of horses with a third horse in front; also, the whole equipage.
    • n unicorn 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 unicorn [capitalized] In astronomy, the constellation Monoceros.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Unicorn ū′ni-korn a fabulous animal mentioned by ancient Greek and Roman authors as a native of India, with a body like that of a horse and one straight horn on the forehead:
    • n Unicorn ū′ni-korn (B.) an unfortunate translation of the Hebrew reêm, Assyr. rímu, anticipated by the monokerōs of the Septuagint—variously understood as the rhinoceros, the urus, the wild ox, ox-antelope.
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Quotations

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    “Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. unicorne, F. unicorne, L. unicornis, one-horned, having a single horn; unus, one + cornu, a horn; cf. L. unicornuus, a unicorn. See One, and Horn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. unus, one, cornu, a horn.

Usage

In literature:

The unicorn was half goat and half horse, of immaculate whiteness; it bore a marvellous sword upon its forehead.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Christmas was the grand scene of mumming, and some mummers were disguised as bears, others like unicorns, bringing presents.
"A Righte Merrie Christmasse" by John Ashton
You know the unicorn is always represented with a narwhal's tusk?
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
This, apparently, was the moment which the male unicorn had been waiting for.
"The Log of the Flying Fish" by Harry Collingwood
The story of the Unicorn is soon told.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Did you see the unicorns?
"The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays" by William B. Yeats
A curious man that to send to the court of England's sovereign, whose arms are the lion and the unicorn.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The unicorn swam alongside, and as it passed Og, the giant jumped on to its back.
"Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends" by Gertrude Landa
It was needful that the Lion and the Unicorn should unite.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
The Columns Are Painted White, with Capitals of Unicorn's Heads.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
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In poetry:

He showed him ostrich and unicorn,
Ape, lion, and tiger keen;
And elephants wise roared 'Hail Kaiser!'
As though they had Christians been.
"The Song of The Little Baltung: A.D. 395" by Charles Kingsley
U was a young Unicorn,
The bravest that ever was born.
They bought him a boat
And they set him afloat,
And straightway he sailed for Cape Horn.
"An Alphabet Zoo" by Carolyn Wells
There only shall the swish
Be heard of the regal fish;
There like a golden knife
Dart the feet of the unicorn,
And there, death brought to life,
The dead bird be reborn.
"That Bright Chimeric Beast" by Countee Cullen
The Unicorn can, with his horn, 'tis said,
Those waters heal, where snakes have poison shed:
So Christ can, by his blood, those souls protect,
On which, the fiend his venom shall eject.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
Ham got a unicorn, Shem a shiny dove,
Japhet, just a lonely toad that nobody would love;
Ham picked the white puppy, Shem picked the brown,
Japhet picked the spotty one that they were going to drown.
"Ham, Shem And Japhet" by Cicely Fox Smith
Outlandish as double-humped camels or unicorns,
Grazing at the margins of a bad monochrome,
Beasts of oasis, a better time.
Abrading my lid, the small grain burns:
Red cinder around which I myself,
Horses, planets and spires revolve.
"The Eye-Mote" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Rihanna stole a plane full of journalists and forced them to smell her unicorn musk.
North Korea Says It's Found a 'Unicorn Lair '.
The Unicorn, Alicia Curtis, dances before a marvel of unicorns.
Court Muses on Unicorns in Debating Sentencing.
Unicorn hitch, three mules .
Pink Unicorns Aren't Real And GOP Won't Break Tax Pledge.
Peaches Geldof Makes Ethical Unicorn Jewelry.
North Korea Discovers Magical "Unicorn Lair".
Inspecting Carol will have audiences rolling at the Unicorn.
Maybe horses are just unicorns who underwent plastic surgery.
That rainbow-crapping unicorn is the perfect combination of terrifying and adorable.
The discovery of the unicorn 's lair brings more importance to the location.
This is from the briliant ladies of Team Unicorn who also made "Geek and Gamer Girls".
Angelina Jolie Is 'Like a Unicorn .
Though there have been many hoaxes, no real evidence that unicorns have ever existed has been found.
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In science:

Even though from the first prophecy on the existence of generalized unicorns several years already passed, as far as we know, there is no proof or paper to confirm and develop further Bryant’s affirmations.
On the existence of Generalized Unicorns on Surfaces
In the case when such Riemannian metric has its Levi-Civita connection ∇g in a Zoll pro jective class [∇] on S 2 it follows this generalized unicorn is in fact a classical one.
On the existence of Generalized Unicorns on Surfaces
This section and the following one are motivated by Bryant’s prophecy on the existence of generalized unicorns that we mentioned already in Introduction.
On the existence of Generalized Unicorns on Surfaces
We point out however, that the discussion following hereafter does not imply the existence of nontrivial generalized unicorns.
On the existence of Generalized Unicorns on Surfaces
However, our initial intention was to search for classical unicorns on surfaces, i.e. generalized Landsberg structures that satisfy the conditions of Theorem 2.1.
On the existence of Generalized Unicorns on Surfaces
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