Why is a unicorn called a "uniCORN" and not a "uniHORN"?

It has one horn, as the name implies. Not one corn. What's with that??

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The word cornus is an old word for horn.

    unicorn

    c.1225, from O.Fr. unicorne, from L.L. unicornus (Vulgate), from noun use of L. unicornis (adj.) "having one horn," from uni- "one" (see uni-) + cornus "horn" (see horn). The L.L. word translates Gk. monoceros, itself rendering Heb. re'em, which was probably a kind of wild ox. According to Pliny, a creature with a horse's body, deer's head, elephant's feet, lion's tail, and one black horn two cubits long projecting from its forehead. Cf. Ger. Einhorn, Welsh ungorn, Bret. uncorn, O.C.S. ino-rogu.

    Source(s): http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=unicorn Dictionaries are wonderful things.
  • 1 decade ago

    Cornu was the root Indo-European word for Horn. It came down,through Latin primarily, into many words in English today. Aside from Unicorn, there's Cornucopia - Horn of Plenty and Cornet - musical Horn

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yeah this was in our stupid SRA Spelling books in school. Makes no sense. We had to learn the words for different words in other languages, and all I remember was that corn used to mean horn too long ago. The problem was that after that every time someone said something was corny, stuff just wasn't right..

    Source(s): SRA Spelling!!! (blah)
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Corn is actually latin for horn, UNI is also Latin for one. Many names that are common to animals bot mythical and actual are derived from latin, or european origin.

    Longhorn beetles on french for instance are called LONGICORN

    meaning Long Horn...this is another example of how there is a European influence on many names.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Try to pronounce unique horn properly..... that's it, it sounds like unicorn :)

  • 1 decade ago

    Thats a good question yeah it would make more sence if it was unihorn.

    Its like for example the sea lion, why is it called that when it looks nothing like a lion.

  • 5 years ago

    It lives life on the edge and it does what it wants

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It makes no sense to me either...

  • 1 decade ago

    that the name given to them idk

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