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Latin cornu (horn)


cornu (plural cornua)

  1. A horn, or anything shaped like or resembling a horn.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for cornu in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)


Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin cornu. Compare Romanian corn.


cornu n (plural coarni/coarne)

  1. horn
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin cornus. Compare Romanian corn.


cornu n (plural cornji)

  1. cornel, European cornel, Cornus mas
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From Latin cornūtus.


  • IPA(key): /kɔʁ.ny/
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cornu (feminine cornue, masculine plural cornus, feminine plural cornues)

  1. horned

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cornua caprī (horns of a goat)


From Proto-Italic *kornū, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱorh₂u, *ḱr̥h₂-no-, both from Proto-Indo-European *ḱerh₂- (horn).

Cognate with English horn, hirn; Ancient Greek κρᾱνίον (krāníon, skull), κέρας (kéras, horn); Sanskrit शृङ्ग (śṛṅgá, horn, tusk). See also cerebrum (brain), cervus (deer).



cornū n (genitive cornūs); fourth declension

  1. a horn, antler
  2. a tusk
  3. the horns of the moon
  4. an arm or wing of an army
    Synonym: latus
  5. a bow
  6. (music) a horn as a musical instrument
  7. any substance like the material of a horn, such as the bill of a bird
  8. the end of a book or scroll, usually made of ivory
  9. (figuratively) power, strength, might


Fourth-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative cornū cornua
Genitive cornūs cornuum
Dative cornū cornibus
Accusative cornū cornua
Ablative cornū cornibus
Vocative cornū cornua

Note: The genitive singular is also cornū in later times.


  • Vegetius Renatus, artis veterinariae sive mulomedicinae libri. In: Scriptores rei rusticae ex recensione Io. Gottlob Schneider cum notis. Tomus quintus, Augusta Taurinorum, 1830, p. 72 (lib. I, cap. 20) and 369 (lib. VI, cap. 10):
    [...] salis cappadocis uncias 3, cornu cervini, lapidis gagatis masculi, lapidis gagatis foeminae, ana uncias 3, [...]
    [...] addisque cornu cervini unciam, sinopidis Pontici pastillos tres, opopanacis semiunciam, [...]
  • Vulgata Latina Sancti Hieronymi, Evangelium Seccundum Lucam 1,69:
    et ērēxit cornū salūtis nōbīs in domō Dāvīd puerī suī, [...]

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  • cornu”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • cornu”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • cornu in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • cornu in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • cornu”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • cornu”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin

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  • Wörterbuch der Lateinischen Sprache, nach historisch-genetischen Principien, mit steter Berücksichtigung der Grammatik, Synonymik und Alterthumskunde, bearbeitet von Dr. Wilhelm Freund. Nebst mehreren Beilagen linguistischen und archäologischen Inhalts. Erster Band. A–C, Leipzig, 1834, p. LXVII–LXXXVIII „III. Ueber den genit. sing. der Wörter cornu, gelu, genu etc.