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Definition of "cornucopia" [cor•nu•co•pi•a]

  • A goat's horn overflowing with fruit, flowers, and grain, signifying prosperity. Also called horn of plenty. (noun)
  • 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. (noun)
  • A cone-shaped ornament or receptacle. (noun)
  • An overflowing store; an abundance: a cornucopia of employment opportunities. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cornucopia" in a sentence
  • "A possible precursor to the holy grail, the cornucopia is always a sign of abundance."
  • "The word "cornucopia" is overused, but if anything qualifies, it's Christie's edit of the notorious Taylor hoard."
  • "This cornucopia is providing an unexpected boost to President Barack Obama's drive to double exports by 2015."