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I've heard a few ways of describing such a fantastical beast, but I don't know which is correct.

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They are known as both Alicorns (Ali supposedly from ala (wing) and Corn meaning horn), as well as Pegi(a)corn, a portmanteau of Pegasus and Unicorn (I've seen both an i and an a used).

which of these is most 'correct' and did one come first? Furthermore wikipedia says that

Alicorn

The horn itself [of the unicorn] and the substance it was made of was called alicorn, and it was believed that the horn holds magical and medicinal properties

So that would make my supposed etymology above wrong.

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"What to call a winged unicorn?" - to be honest I can't say its ever really been a problem –  mgb Apr 27 '12 at 15:54
    
I think Pegasus has wings but no horn. I googled Alicorn and that looks like the closest match. –  Roy Apr 27 '12 at 15:56
    
@Roy I googled it too but I came up with the fact that originally Alicorn was the substance that made up the horn. –  Pureferret Apr 27 '12 at 16:04
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@mgb This is an issue from various fiction writers, as well as fans of a certain TV show featuring ponies. I wouldn't say those two groups make this question too localized. –  Pureferret Apr 27 '12 at 16:06
    
I've migrated the question: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/15572/… –  Pureferret Apr 27 '12 at 16:18

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Alicorn is the most common word used to describe said beast, however, in the Xanth series, there are also PegaCorns and UniPegs. All three creatures look exactly the same in the series, which is a subtle joke, and the only way to tell them apart is to ask them.

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