Unicorn root
Unicorn U"ni*corn, n. [OE. unicorne, F. unicorne, L. unicornis one-horned, having a single horn; unus one + cornu a horn; cf. L. unicornuus a unicorn. See {One}, and {Horn}.] 1. A fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; -- often represented in heraldry as a supporter. [1913 Webster]

2. A two-horned animal of some unknown kind, so called in the Authorized Version of the Scriptures. [1913 Webster]

Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? --Job xxxix. 10. [1913 Webster]

Note: The unicorn mentioned in the Scripture was probably the urus. See the Note under {Reem}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any large beetle having a hornlike prominence on the head or prothorax. (b) The larva of a unicorn moth. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) The kamichi; -- called also {unicorn bird}. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mil.) A howitzer. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

{Fossil unicorn}, or {Fossil unicorn's horn} (Med.), a substance formerly of great repute in medicine; -- named from having been supposed to be the bone or the horn of the unicorn.

{Unicorn fish}, {Unicorn whale} (Zo["o]l.), the narwhal.

{Unicorn moth} (Zo["o]l.), a notodontian moth ({C[oe]lodasys unicornis}) whose caterpillar has a prominent horn on its back; -- called also {unicorn prominent}.

{Unicorn root} (Bot.), a name of two North American plants, the yellow-flowered colicroot ({Aletris farinosa}) and the blazing star ({Cham[ae]lirium luteum}). Both are used in medicine.

{Unicorn shell} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of marine gastropods having a prominent spine on the lip of the shell. Most of them belong to the genera {Monoceros} and {Leucozonia}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • unicorn root — Colicroot Col ic*root , n. A bitter American herb of the Bloodwort family, with the leaves all radical, and the small yellow or white flowers in a long spike ({Aletris farinosa} and {Aletris aurea}). Called sometimes {star grass}, {blackroot},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unicorn-root — miltuotasis širmonis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Nartecinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Aletris farinosa), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Aletris farinosa angl. agueroot; colicroot; crow corn; mealy star… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • unicorn root — noun any of several perennials of the genus Aletris having grasslike leaves and bitter roots reputed to cure colic • Syn: ↑colicroot, ↑colic root, ↑crow corn, ↑star grass • Hypernyms: ↑liliaceous plant • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • false unicorn-root — geltonasis žemėragis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Melantinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Chamaelirium luteum), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Chamaelirium luteum angl. blazing star; devil s bit; fairy wand; false unicorn;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • false unicorn root — noun also false unicorn or false unicorn plant 1. : blazing star b 2. : a colicroot (Aletris farinosa) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Unicorn — U ni*corn, n. [OE. unicorne, F. unicorne, L. unicornis one horned, having a single horn; unus one + cornu a horn; cf. L. unicornuus a unicorn. See {One}, and {Horn}.] 1. A fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; often represented in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unicorn bird — Unicorn U ni*corn, n. [OE. unicorne, F. unicorne, L. unicornis one horned, having a single horn; unus one + cornu a horn; cf. L. unicornuus a unicorn. See {One}, and {Horn}.] 1. A fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; often represented in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unicorn fish — Unicorn U ni*corn, n. [OE. unicorne, F. unicorne, L. unicornis one horned, having a single horn; unus one + cornu a horn; cf. L. unicornuus a unicorn. See {One}, and {Horn}.] 1. A fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; often represented in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unicorn moth — Unicorn U ni*corn, n. [OE. unicorne, F. unicorne, L. unicornis one horned, having a single horn; unus one + cornu a horn; cf. L. unicornuus a unicorn. See {One}, and {Horn}.] 1. A fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; often represented in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unicorn prominent — Unicorn U ni*corn, n. [OE. unicorne, F. unicorne, L. unicornis one horned, having a single horn; unus one + cornu a horn; cf. L. unicornuus a unicorn. See {One}, and {Horn}.] 1. A fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; often represented in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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