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cornucopia (noun) – 1. (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.

  1. A representation of a goat’s horn overflowing with fruit, flowers, and grain, signifying prosperity. Also called horn of plenty.
  2. A cone-shaped ornament or receptacle.
  3. An overflowing store; an abundance.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Cornucopia is a Late Latin formation, a combination of the Latin noun phrase corn? c?piae ?horn of plenty.? Corn?c?pia was coined by the late Imperial historian Ammianus Marcellinus (c 325 a.d.-c398 a.d.), a Greek probably born in Syria or Phoenicia who learned his Latin in the army. Corn? comes from the very complicated Proto-Indo-European root ker-, kor-, kr?-, k?- (and other variants and their extensions) ?head, horn.? English horn is a close relation of Latin corn?. Kr?n?on ?skull, cranium? is one of the many Greek derivatives of the root. C?pia is a derivative of the rare adjective c?pis (or cops) ?well supplied, abundant.? Corn?c?pia entered English in the 16th century.

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