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In ancient Greek and Roman mythology a mystical creature known as the unicorn made many appearances As described throughout much of literature the unicorn is reputed to look somewhat like a white horse although it has a long twisted horn protruding from its forehead1 The earliest description of the unicorn was by Ctesias 400 BC The New Book of Knowledge Vol U-V 19 391 Unicorns have cloven hooves that are somewhat yellow in color some are said to have a lion-like tail Male unicorns can be distinguished from their female counterparts mainly in part of the goat-like beard beneath the chin Also the females are more elegant and have a slimmer muscle frame The typical European unicorn has a coat of hair that is pure white and has eyes that are either deep sea blue or fiery pink Long and silky strands of white hair hand down from its mane and forelock In his book The Last Unicorn Peter S Beagle describes this mythological creature as looking nothing like a horned horseas she was smaller and cloven-hoofed 1 In his book Beagles unicorn was the color of sea foam when it was young as it aged its color changed to the color of snow falling on a moonlit night 1 A unicorns horn is white silver or golden in color is about two to three feet in length and is said to have special healing powersThroughout time there have been many varied descriptions of the unicorn In Asia for example mention of the animal dates back as far as 26 century BC1 The animal described is far more different than the European unicorn Rather than looking like a horse the Asian unicorn known as the ki-lin appears more like a dragon although it has cloved hooves1 The ki-lins body was made predominately of shimmery fish scales that shone in every color of the rainbow and its horn was also thought to contain magical healing powers1
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