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In serious, day-to-day discussions about the existence and eating habits of unicorns - discussions which are common, I'm sure - should one say unikorno or unukornulo?

  • Common indeed. I read an article of SO today comparing centaur cavalry to traditional men-on-a-horse cavalry, discussing who would be superior. I would assume unikorno to be understandable, though I don't know any languages where the native word is much different. It's Einhorn in German. – Oliver Mason Sep 16 '16 at 14:38
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Probably never. I had never heard the word unikorno before and its definition in PIV is simply unukornulo.

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Unukornulo is the normal word, and was chosen by Kabe in his Elektitaj Fabeloj de la Fratoj Grimm (1906).

However, there are various traditions considering one-horned beasts (Wikipedia lists the al-mi'raj, camahueto, indrik, monoceros, qilin, shadhavar, and sin-you) and so in formal contexts it might be advisable to use unikorno. And obviously that word is also easier to pronounce.

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