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Pegacorn

Typical schmaltzy fantasy art.

Aethiopia produces . . . many monstrosities—[including] winged horses armed with horns, called Pegasi.
—Pliny the Elder, Natural History

A pegacorn is a hybrid of two mythical equines, a unicorn and a pegasus. As such, it looks like a horse with wings and a horn sticking out of its forehead. Pegacorns are also referred to as unipegs, alicorns, or winged unicorns. The term "horned pegasus" could probably be used as well, but it just sort of sounds awkward. And maybe a little dirty.

Sometimes these creatures are portrayed in medieval art with two horns instead of one, giving them the appearance of a winged antelope.

The creation of the pegacorn/unipeg/alicorn/winged unicorn can probably be traced back to the ancient Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder, who wrote about them in his encyclopedia, Natural History, in which he claimed that there were many of them living in what is now Ethiopia. While there are no horse-like creatures with horns and wings living there, the Pegasus of Greek mythology was said to have been born somewhere near the general area.[1]

In fanfiction, pegacorns are often used as steeds for Mary Sues. My Little Pony OC pegacorns (called alicorns in Friendship Is Magic) are usually Mary Sues themselves, as only five exist in canon, all of whom are extremely powerful princesses.

Honesah is called a Pegacorn, but is a humanoid with hooves, wings and a horn.

References Edit

  1. "Pegasos Aithiopikos," Theoi Greek Mythology

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