Meaning of unicorn

u•ni•corn

Pronunciation: (y'ni-kôrn"), [key]
— n.
  1. a mythical creature resembling a horse, with a single horn in the center of its forehead: often symbolic of chastity or purity.
  2. a heraldic representation of this animal, in the form of a horse with a lion's tail and with a long, straight, and spirally twisted horn.
  3. (cap.)the constellation Monoceros.
  4. an animal mentioned in the Bible, Deut. 33:17: now believed by some to be a description of a wild ox or rhinoceros.
  5. a former gold coin of Scotland, first issued by James III in 1486, having an obverse bearing the figure of a unicorn.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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