Winged unicorn

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A winged unicorn is a fictional horse with wings and the horn of a unicorn. In the mythology created by the role playing game, Dungeons and Dragons, it is called the Equalacorn. It is sometimes referred to using a portmanteau of pegasus and unicorn: pegacorn. In some literature and media, it is also referred to as an alicorn, which is a historical word for the horn of a unicorn.[1]

Winged unicorns have made many appearances in art. Ancient Achaemenid Assyrian seals bear depictions of winged unicorns and winged bulls as representations of evil.[2][3]

Irish poet W. B. Yeats wrote of imagining a winged beast that he associated with laughing, ecstatic destruction. The beast took the form of a winged unicorn in his 1907 play The Unicorn from the Stars and later that of the rough beast slouching towards Bethlehem in his poem The Second Coming.[4]

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  1. ^ Shepard, Odell (1930). The Lore of the Unicorn. London: Unwin and Allen. ISBN 9781437508536. 
  2. ^ Brown, Robert (2004). The Unicorn: A Mythological Investigation. Kessinger Publishing. p. 18. ISBN 9780766185302. 
  3. ^ Von Der Osten, Hans Henning (June 1931). "The Ancient Seals from the Near East in the Metropolitan Museum: Old and Middle Persian Seals". The Art Bulletin 13 (2): 221–41. JSTOR 3050798. 
  4. ^ Ward, David (Spring 1982). "Yeats's Conflicts With His Audience, 1897-1917". ELH 49 (1): 155–6. JSTOR 2872885.