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An Abath is a legendary creature resembling a unicorn, first appearing in records in the 16th century.

Accounts of the Abath were brought back by 16th-century European travellers to the Malay Peninsula. Described as female, with a single horn growing from its forehead, it is speculated that these were probably the result of a half-glimpsed Javan or Sumatran rhinoceros. Like the unicorn, a powder made from this horn supposedly served both as an aphrodisiac and as an antidote to poison.[1] However, since the unicorn was invariably represented as male, and since there was only ever one in existence at any time, the Abath seems to have developed independently from the European myths of the one-horned creature.[2]

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  1. ^ Bane, Theresa (April 25, 2016). Encyclopedia of beasts and monsters in myth, legend and folklore. McFarland. p. 12. ISBN 0786495057.
  2. ^ Rose, Carol (2000). Giants, Monsters, and Dragons. ABC Clio. ISBN 0-87436-988-6.