(?), n. [OE. unicorne, F. unicorne, L. unicornis one-horned, having a single horn; unus one + cornu a horn; cf. L. unicornuus a unicorn. See One, and Horn.] 1. A fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; -- often represented in heraldry as a supporter.
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2. A two-horned animal of some unknown kind, so called in the Authorized Version of the Scriptures.
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Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow?
Job xxxix. 10.
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The unicorn mentioned in the Scripture was probably the urus. See the Note under Reem.
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3. (Zol.) (a) Any large beetle having a hornlike prominence on the head or prothorax. (b) The larva of a unicorn moth.
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4. (Zol.) The kamichi; -- called also unicorn bird.
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5. (Mil.) A howitzer. [Obs.]
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Fossil unicorn, or Fossil unicorn's horn (Med.), a substance formerly of great repute in medicine; -- named from having been supposed to be the bone or the horn of the unicorn. -- Unicorn fish, Unicorn whale (Zol.), the narwhal. -- Unicorn moth (Zol.), a notodontian moth (Clodasys unicornis) whose caterpillar has a prominent horn on its back; -- called also unicorn prominent. -- Unicorn root (Bot.), a name of two North American plants, the yellow-flowered colicroot (Aletris farinosa) and the blazing star (Chamlirium luteum). Both are used in medicine. -- Unicorn shell (Zol.), any one of several species of marine gastropods having a prominent spine on the lip of the shell. Most of them belong to the genera Monoceros and Leucozonia.
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