An Interesting Word – Cornucopia

Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of the holiday today, I thought I’d do an interesting word relating to Thanksgiving, so I picked cornucopia. While it’s a common word (especially at this time of year), it’s also a very interesting one.

Cornucopia has two main definitions. It can mean either a container that is shaped like a horn and is full of fruits and flowers and other edibles or a great abundance of something, according to various online dictionaries. It’s from the Latin cornu copiae which means “horn of plenty.” Cornucopias probably started in Greek mythology. According to the myth, the Greek god Zeus, while in hiding from his father Cronus, was fed by a goat named Amalthea.  The goat’s horn was broken off at some point and was given powers to provide sustenance that never ran out. The cornucopia, it was later believed, could be filled with whatever the person who held it desired. I would want my cornucopia filled with chocolate! 🙂

Here’s a link to a video of how to make a cornucopia out of bread. It’s really cool!



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