AskDefine | Define cornucopia

Dictionary Definition

cornucopia n : the property of being extremely abundant [syn: profusion, profuseness, richness]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Cornucopiae


  • a UK /ˌkɔː.nəˈkəʊ.pi.ə/, /%kO:.n@"k@U.pI.@/
  • a US /ˌkɔːr.nəˈkoʊ.pi.ə/|/ˌkɔːr.njəˈkoʊ.pi.ə/, /%kOrn(j)@"koUpi@/


  1. A goat's horn endlessly overflowing with fruit, flowers and grain; or full of whatever its owner wanted.
  2. A hollow horn- or cone-shaped object, filled with edible or useful things.
  3. An abundance or plentiful supply.
    ''A student will receive a cornucopia of homework every day.


Derived terms


mythical horn endlessly overflowing with food and drink
hollow horn- or cone-shaped object, filled with edible or useful things
  • Finnish: runsaudensarvi
abundance or plentiful supply
  • Finnish: runsaudensarvi
  • German: Fülle

Extensive Definition

The cornucopia (Latin: Cornu Copiae) is a symbol of food and abundance dating back to the 5th century BC, also referred to as horn of plenty, Horn of Amalthea, and harvest cone.
In Greek mythology, Amalthea raised Zeus on the milk of a goat. In return the god gave Amalthea the goat's horn. It had the power to give to the person in possession of it whatever he or she wished for. This gave rise to the legend of the cornucopia. The original depictions were of the goat's horn filled with fruits and flowers: deities, especially Fortuna, would be depicted with the horn of plenty. The cornucopia was also a symbol for a woman's fertility.
In modern depiction, the cornucopia is typically a hollow, horn-shaped wicker basket typically filled with various kinds of festive fruit and vegetables. In North America, the cornucopia has come to be associated with Thanksgiving and the harvest.
Cornucopia is also the name of Whistler's annual Wine and Food celebration held in November called Thanksgiving.
cornucopia in Danish: Overflødighedshorn
cornucopia in German: Füllhorn
cornucopia in Spanish: Cornucopia
cornucopia in Esperanto: Korno de abundeco
cornucopia in French: Corne d'abondance
cornucopia in Icelandic: Nægtahorn
cornucopia in Italian: Cornucopia (araldica)
cornucopia in Hebrew: קרן השפע
cornucopia in Lithuanian: Gausybės ragas
cornucopia in Macedonian: Рог на изобилството
cornucopia in Dutch: Hoorn des overvloeds
cornucopia in Japanese: コルヌー・コピアイ
cornucopia in Norwegian: Overflødighetshorn
cornucopia in Polish: Róg obfitości
cornucopia in Portuguese: Cornucópia
cornucopia in Russian: Рог изобилия
cornucopia in Slovenian: Cornucopia
cornucopia in Finnish: Runsaudensarvi
cornucopia in Swedish: Ymnighetshorn
cornucopia in Ukrainian: Ріг достатку

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