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

  • n. A part or structure, such as a bony protuberance, that resembles a horn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A horn, or anything shaped like or resembling a horn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A horn, or anything shaped like or resembling a horn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Horn; a horn.
  • n. Something resembling or likened to a horn.
  • n. Same as ammonite.
  • n. The descending born of each lateral ventricle of the brain.

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

  • n. (anatomy) any structure that resembles a horn in shape


Latin cornū, horn; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin (Wiktionary)


  • These projections are not found on the Christian altar, but the word cornu ( "horn") is still maintained to designate the sides or corners of the altar.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • Genus name comes from the Latin word cornu meaning horn in reference to the toughness of the wood.

    Find Me A Cure

  • In the receding angle below the chin is the hyoid bone, and the finger can be carried along the bone to the tip of the greater cornu, which is on a level with the angle of the mandible: the greater cornu is most readily appreciated by making pressure on one side, when the cornu of the opposite side will be rendered prominent and can be felt distinctly beneath the skin.

    XII. Surface Anatomy and Surface Markings. 1. Surface Anatomy of the Head and Neck

  • Or Cornelius is said of cornu, which is as much to say as strong, and of leos, that is people, that is the strength of people.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 5

  • Amedee was now in the "seventh," and knew already that the phrase, "the will of God," could not be turned into Latin by 'bonitas divina', and that the word 'cornu' was not declinable.

    A Romance of Youth — Complete

  • Missal call the cornu epistolœ), facing the altar, as he reads the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • In this note they frankly admitted the justice of the criticisms of M. Gratiolet, quoted above, and they illustrated, by new and careful figures, the posterior lobe, the posterior cornu, and the hippocampus minor of the Orang.


  • But, unfortunately, this is a matter upon which, after all that has occurred, no mistake or confusion of terms is possible — and in affirming that the posterior lobe, the posterior cornu, and the hippocampus minor exist in certain Apes, I am stating either that which is true, or that which I must know to be false.


  • When the posterior lobe is well developed, a third prolongation of the ventricular cavity extends into it, and is called the “posterior cornu.”


  • Where a posterior lobe exists and presents its customary cavity — the posterior cornu — it commonly happens that a particular sulcus appears upon the inner and under surface of the lobe, parallel with and beneath the floor of the cornu — which is, as it were, arched over the roof of the sulcus.



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