cor·nu·co·pi·a (kôr′nə-kōpē-ə, -nyə-)
1. 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.
2. A representation of a goat's horn overflowing with fruit, flowers, and grain, signifying prosperity. Also called horn of plenty.
3. A cone-shaped ornament or receptacle.
4. An overflowing store; an abundance: a cornucopia of employment opportunities.
[Late Latin cornūcōpia, from Latin cornū cōpiae : cornū, horn; see CORNU + cōpiae, genitive of cōpia, plenty; see op- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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