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cornucopia

[kawr-nuh-koh-pee-uh, -nyuh-] /ˌkɔr nəˈkoʊ pi ə, -nyə-/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a horn containing food, drink, etc., in endless supply, said to have been a horn of the goat Amalthaea.
2.
a representation of this horn, used as a symbol of abundance.
3.
an abundant, overflowing supply.
4.
a horn-shaped or conical receptacle or ornament.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Late Latin, equivalent to Latin cornū horn (see cornu) + cōpiae of plenty (genitive stem of cōpia); see copious
Related forms
cornucopian, adjective
cornucopiate
[kawr-nuh-koh-pee-it] /ˌkɔr nəˈkoʊ pi ɪt/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples for cornucopia
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  • The intermodal container has delivered a cornucopia of products to every corner of the globe.
  • But when a cornucopia of food abounds, the animals put their energy into making babies.
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  • Sew up in the form of a cornucopia, rounding at the end.
  • Each presides over a cornucopia of painted fruits and vegetables.
  • They involve a cornucopia of exotic, jumbo-size contracts ultimately linked to real-world loans and debts.
British Dictionary definitions for cornucopia

cornucopia

/ˌkɔːnjʊˈkəʊpɪə/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) the horn of Amalthea, the goat that suckled Zeus
2.
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
Derived Forms
cornucopian, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin, from Latin cornūcōpiae horn of plenty
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Word Origin and History for cornucopia
n.

c.1500, from Late Latin cornucopia, from Latin cornu copiae "horn of plenty," originally the horn of the goat Amalthea, who nurtured the infant Zeus. See horn (n.) and copious.

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Encyclopedia Article for cornucopia

decorative motif, dating from ancient Greece, that symbolizes abundance. The motif originated as a curved goat's horn filled to overflowing with fruit and grain. It is emblematic of the horn possessed by Zeus's nurse, the Greek nymph Amalthaea (q.v.), which could be filled with whatever the owner wished.

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