Word of the Week: Unicorn

The word Unicorn is a noun and defined as a mythical, usually white animal generally depicted with the body and head of a horse with long flowing mane and tail and a single often spiraled horn in the middle of the forehead.

First used in the 13th century, the word Unicorn derives from the Latin word unicornis or “having one horn.” The word unicornis is broken down into uni- meaning “one” and cornus meaning “horn.” Although we now know the Unicorn is a mythical creature, the ancient Greek historians believed these one-horned animals were real. In fact, Unicorns were never mentioned in Greek mythology, but rather wrote about by Greek natural historians. Historians like Ctesias and Aristotle believed that Unicorns were native to and could be found in India.

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“Unicorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary

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