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cornucopia

cor·nu·co·pi·a

 (kor′nə-kō′pē-ə, -nyə-)
n.
1. Greek Mythology The horn of the goat that suckled Zeus, which broke off and became filled with fruit. In folklore, it became full of whatever its owner desired.
2. A representation of a goat's horn overflowing with fruit, flowers, and grain, signifying prosperity. Also called horn of plenty.
3. A cone-shaped ornament or receptacle.
4. An overflowing store; an abundance: a cornucopia of employment opportunities.

[Late Latin cornūcōpia, from Latin cornū cōpiae : cornū, horn; see cornu + cōpiae, genitive of cōpia, plenty; see op- in Indo-European roots.]

cornucopia

(ˌkɔːnjʊˈkəʊpɪə)
n
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the horn of Amalthea, the goat that suckled Zeus
2. (Art Terms) a representation of such a horn in painting, sculpture, etc, overflowing with fruit, vegetables, etc; horn of plenty
3. a great abundance; overflowing supply
4. a horn-shaped container
[C16: from Late Latin, from Latin cornūcōpiae horn of plenty]
ˌcornuˈcopian adj

cor•nu•co•pi•a

(ˌkɔr nəˈkoʊ pi ə, -nyə-)

n., pl. -pi•as.
1. a horn containing food and drink in endless supply, associated in classical mythology with the horn of the goat representing the nurse of the infant Zeus.
2. a representation of this horn, used as a symbol of abundance.
3. an abundant supply.
4. a horn-shaped or conical receptacle or ornament.
[1585–95; < Late Latin, = Latin cornū horn + cōpiae of plenty, genitive s. of cōpia]
cor`nu•co′pi•an, adj.

cornucopia

1. Greek Mythology. a horn of plenty, from the hom of the goat Amalthaea that dispensed an endless supply of food, drink, and other riches.
2. any copious or abundant supply or source. — cornucopian, adj.
See also: Mythology
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cornucopia - a goat's horn filled with grain and flowers and fruit symbolizing prosperity
symbolic representation, symbolisation, symbolization, symbol - something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible; "the eagle is a symbol of the United States"
2.cornucopia - the property of being extremely abundantcornucopia - the property of being extremely abundant; "the profusion of detail"; "the idiomatic richness of English"
abundance, copiousness, teemingness - the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply; "an age of abundance"
overgrowth - a profusion of growth on or over something else
greenness, verdancy, verdure - the lush appearance of flourishing vegetation
wilderness - a bewildering profusion; "the duties of citizenship are lost sight of in the wilderness of interests of individuals and groups"; "a wilderness of masts in the harbor"
Translations

cornucopia

[ˌkɔːnjʊˈkəʊpɪə] Ncuerno m de la abundancia

cornucopia

[ˌkɔːrnjʊˈkəʊpiə] ncorne f d'abondance

cornucopia

n (Myth, = horn-shaped container) → Fullhorn nt; (fig: = abundance) → Fulle f

cornucopia

[ˌkɔːnjʊˈkəʊpɪə] n (frm) → grande abbondanza
References in classic literature ?
Cypher's store of eatables she poured out upon us with royal indifference to price and quantity, as from a cornucopia that knew no exhaustion.
The last time they had had a big basket with them and all their Christmas marketing to do--a roast of pork and a cabbage and some rye bread, and a pair of mittens for Ona, and a rubber doll that squeaked, and a little green cornucopia full of candy to be hung from the gas jet and gazed at by half a dozen pairs of longing eyes.
It was a tawdry affair, all Cupids and cornucopias, like a third-rate wedding-cake.