Meaning of horn of plenty in English:

horn of plenty



  • 1A cornucopia.

    ‘Loren's reading list of poets is getting ever longer, like the horn of plenty, holding something delicious, as well as nourishing, for poetry lovers with different appetites’
    • ‘My breasts were the female equivalent of the horn of plenty.’
    • ‘That way, in the run up to Petrovden the horn of plenty will flow over the electorate - cheap local telephone calls, cheap train tickets, bigger salaries and cheap central heating.’
    • ‘A lot has been written about Napster and, depending on whom you believe, it's either the death rattle or the horn of plenty of the music industry.’
    • ‘That was the horn of plenty, this is the catalogue of sins.’
    • ‘So what does Gore do with a political horn of plenty that he as Clinton's vice president had every right to lay claim to?’
    • ‘I've always believed in the horn of plenty, and my life is the proof of it for sure.’
    • ‘This in turn would provoke Turkish outrage, particularly among those who glimpse in Brussels the ‘golden apple ‘of legend - a much-promised Turkish horn of plenty that is always just over the horizon.’
    • ‘Saigon's prosperity starts in the mud, and recently this earth has been good to those who work it in the Mekong River delta south of Saigon, Vietnam's horn of plenty.’
    • ‘As the title suggests, the author has set the horn of plenty on the table amassing a fine array of examples, exercises, and experts which loosely all relate to the topic of metaphors.’
    • ‘For Panurge, they became the horns of plenty (‘cornes d' abondance,’ 421) signifying the sexual gratification his future wife was sure to bring him.’
    • ‘There are still those who think that you can get something for nothing, and the primary agent for such legerdemain is always government - an illusory horn of plenty.’
    • ‘My vagina, the horn of plenty, the Boat of Heaven, grows eager as the waxing moon.’
    • ‘A few bags of penne rigate, bushels of shells, and fusilli bucati, and I can almost see the silhouette of a horn of plenty in the recesses of my cupboard.’
    • ‘The horn Hercules broke from Achelous' head when he was a bull is made into the horn of plenty by Achelous' water nymphs.’
    • ‘And for those unfamiliar with the Peruvian national emblem, it depicts a vicuna, a horn of plenty and a cinchona tree.’
    • ‘This horn of plenty is held by a kneeling Ceres, the goddess of plenty, based on the well-known bronze statue Bather Crouching by the Italian Renaissance sculptor Giambologna’
    • ‘Considering this horn of plenty, it's a rare man, indeed, who can resist the idea of enjoying less than the whole enchilada.’
    • ‘Admiring this suggestive horn of plenty, they become as one.’
    • ‘He might even get 130, except that the remaining 100 is likely frozen up in this horn of plenty.’
  • 2An edible woodland mushroom with a funnel-shaped cap that bears spores on its greyish outer surface, found in both Eurasia and North America.

    Craterellus cornucopioides, family Cantharellaceae, class Hymenomycetes

    ‘Antonio Carluccio's delicious little Wild Mushroom Beignets are for those lucky enough to know where to gather chanterelles, boletuses and horns of plenty.’
    • ‘We were not alone; it seemed as if every local was out, basket in hand, prodding and picking a selection of ceps, chanterelles or horns of plenty.’
    • ‘On the menu was ptarmigan breast baked in horn of plenty mushrooms with caramelised apples, poached onions and broad beans, served with Calvados sauce and potato cake.’
    • ‘We spread out in a ragged line and look for apricot-coloured, trumpet-shaped chanterelles, or stout, meaty ceps, or black, curled horns of plenty.’
    • ‘The reputation of the horn of plenty varies from country to country.’