Might this be from alō? Medicines nourish. - -sche (discuss) 07:35, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

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Rfv-sense: "winged unicorn", added as a second etymology for alicorn. --EncycloPetey 19:25, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

The New World Encyclopedia article on unicorn mentions that "the word 'Alicorn' can also be the name for a winged unicorn/horned Pegasus". For an actual example of it being used, "An alicorn. A winged unicorn. There aren't many, but sometimes a griffin and a unicorn will meet at a love spring - [...] then we have alicorns." Demons Don't Dream, page 61. --Goldenpelt 22:31, 9 August 2011 (UTC)
Rich's Pegopedia says:
Alicorn the Unicorn's Horn. Some modern authors claim that the Alicorn is a term for the species of flying unicorns from the Latin words ala meaning "wing" and cornu meaning "horn," however, the ancient writers used the word to denote the actual horn of the Unicorn which purports to have magical healing powers when the tip is dipped into a body of water. In this respect the term alicorn may find it's roots in the Latin words alima meaning "of the sea" or alere meaning "to nourish" or even alius meaning "other source or knowledge" and, of course, cornu. (See: Cerapter, Unicorn).
So far, I've found three modern authors who claim this: Piers Anthony (Bearing an Hourglass), Piers Anthony (Demons Don't Dream), and Piers Anthony (Pet Peeve). Also, Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey's Halfblood Chronicles use alicorn to refer to ferocious, wingless unicorns. ~ Robin 00:07, 8 February 2012 (UTC)
RFV-failed, moved to citations page. - -sche (discuss) 01:39, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

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