[kawr-nuh-koh-pee-uh, -nyuh-]
Classical Mythology. a horn containing food, drink, etc., in endless supply, said to have been a horn of the goat Amalthaea.
a representation of this horn, used as a symbol of abundance.
an abundant, overflowing supply.
a horn-shaped or conical receptacle or ornament.

1585–95; < Late Latin, equivalent to Latin cornū horn (see cornu) + cōpiae of plenty (genitive stem of cōpia); see copious

cornucopian, adjective
cornucopiate [kawr-nuh-koh-pee-it] , adjective Unabridged
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cornucopia (ˌkɔːnjʊˈkəʊpɪə)
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
[C16: from Late Latin, from Latin cornūcōpiae horn of plenty]

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Word Origin & History

1508, from L. cornu copiæ "horn of plenty," originally the horn of the goat Amalthea, who nurtured the infant Zeus. See horn and copious.
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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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