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  • The unicorn is a legendary animal from European folklore that resembles a white horse  with  a large,  pointed,  spiraling  horn  projecting  from  its  forehead, and sometimes  a goat's  beard  and cloven  hooves.  First mentioned  by  the  ancient Greeks, it  became  the most important  imaginary animal of the Middle Ages and Renaissance when it was  commonly described  as  an  extremely wild  woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin. In the  encyclopedias  its horn  was said to  have  the  power  to render  poisoned water potable and to heal sickness. But why just horses?
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