A Unicorn is a
mythical creature that appears in some form or another in many
different cultures. It may be described as being like a horse, a
deer, an antelope, a donkey or even a goat. Nowadays most people
think of it a horse like creature. In all its' forms however the
Unicorn has one distinguishing feature from which it takes its name.
The single horn in the center of its forehead.
The Unicorn's horn was believed to be able to neutralize all poisons
and cups purported to be made of it were treasured by royalty. Such
items were in fact usually made of narwhal tusk (the narwhal is a
sort of whale with a very long tooth that resembles a unicorn's
horn. It is sometimes called the sea-unicorn for this reason) or
sometimes Rhino horn. During the reign of Charles II a rhino horn
cup was examined by the Royal Society and disproved said
superstition... with relation to rhino horn anyway. The supposed
efficacy of the Unicorn's horn was also the reason that many
drinking-cups were decorated with unicorn designs.