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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A goat's horn endlessly overflowing with fruit, flowers and grain; or full of whatever its owner wanted.
  • n. A hollow horn- or cone-shaped object, filled with edible or useful things.
  • n. An abundance or plentiful supply.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The horn of plenty, from which fruits and flowers are represented as issuing. It is an emblem of abundance.
  • n. A genus of grasses bearing spikes of flowers resembling the cornucopia in form.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In classical antiquity, the horn of plenty (which see, under horn).
  • n. Hence A horn-shaped or conical vessel or receptacle; especially, such a vessel of paper or other material, filled or to be filled with nuts or sweetmeats.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of grasses whose spikes resemble the cornucopia in form.
  • n. An extension of the choroid plexus into each lateral recess of the fourth ventricle of the brain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a goat's horn filled with grain and flowers and fruit symbolizing prosperity
  • n. the property of being extremely abundant

Etymologies

Late Latin cornūcōpia, from Latin cornū cōpiae : cornū, horn; see cornu + cōpiae, genitive of cōpia, plenty; see op- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Cornūcōpiae ("mythical horn of plenty"), from cornū ("horn") + cōpia ("supply") (Wiktionary)

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  • The Oxford Companion to the English Language is a thousand-page cornucopia covering virtually every aspect of the English language

    May 27, 2010

  • "For them, Iraq has been war as cornucopia, war as a consumer's paradise. Arguably, on a per-soldier basis, no military has ever occupied a country with a bigger baggage train. On taking Iraq, they promptly began constructing a series of gigantic military bases, American ziggurats meant to outlast them. These were full-scale 'American towns,' well guarded, 15-20 miles around, with multiple PXes, fitness clubs, brand fast-food outlets, traffic lights, the works. (This, in a country where, for years after the invasion, nothing worked.)"
    - Tom Engelhardt, 'Stuff Happens: The Pentagon's Argument of Last Resort on Iraq', 20 Nov 2008.

    November 21, 2008

  • a town in Wisconsin, USA

    February 26, 2008