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cornucopia

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cor·nu·co·pi·a  (kôrn-kp-, -ny-)
n.
1. A goat's horn overflowing with fruit, flowers, and grain, signifying prosperity. Also called horn of plenty.
2. 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.
3. A cone-shaped ornament or receptacle.
4. An overflowing store; an abundance: a cornucopia of employment opportunities.

[Late Latin corncpia, from Latin corn cpiae : corn, horn; see cornu + cpiae, genitive of cpia, plenty; see op- in Indo-European roots.]

cornu·copi·an adj.

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
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
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) → Füllhorn nt; (fig: = abundance) → Fülle f
cornucopia [ˌkɔːnjʊˈkəʊpɪə] n (frm) → grande abbondanza


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