Unicorn is a simple text editor and dictionary program for use with Latin, Hebrew, and ancient Greek.  Think of Unicorn as Notepad or TextEdit for the student of ancient languages.

Unicorn has built-in Latin and Greek dictionaries. When you double-click on a word, Unicorn will look up the word in the dictionary, report its meaning, and analyze its form.  You may also run a spell checking tool over a selection of Latin or Greek text.

The following links give a good idea of Unicorn's capabilities.


Unicorn is freeware.  It is written in Java and can run on any Windows, Unix, or Macintosh OS X system.  If you don't have Java software installed on your Windows computer, you must download the latest version of Java.  Mac OS X comes with Java already installed.  The Greek and Hebrew support requires Unicode fonts, which the more recent versions of Windows and Mac OS X supply.  No special keyboard drivers are required on any operating system.  Send bug reports and enhancement suggestions to Kirk Lougheed.

Downloading Unicorn

The latest version of Unicorn is 0.80, as of October 30, 2005.  The dictionary files must be downloaded separately.  All files are zipped except for the Macintosh disk image.  Those updating from an earlier version of Unicorn may be interested in the change log.

Unzip the downloaded file and place the Unicorn.exe application wherever you want.  If you do not have Java installed, Unicorn will ask you to download the latest version of Java.

Double-click on the downloaded Mac OS X disk image file.  Drag the Unicorn application into your Applications folder.

This is a zipped Unicorn.jar file for users of Linux or Unix.

The Latin dictionary file of nearly 37,000 entries was designed and compiled by William Whitaker.  It was last updated on October 30, 2005 and requires Unicorn 0.79 or later.  Unzip the dictionary file and place it anywhere convenient.  Use Unicorn's Preferences dialog to set up Unicorn for its use.

The Greek dictionary file contains over 5100 Attic and Koine entries.  It was last updated on October 30, 2005.  Unzip the dictionary file and place it anywhere convenient.  Use Unicorn's Preferences dialog to set up Unicorn for its use.


Thanks to the members of the GreekStudy mailing list for trying out earlier versions of Unicorn.  Special thanks to Paul Fonck for providing endless suggestions, vocabulary lists, and encouragement, and to Richard Hunerlach for providing the Hansen & Quinn exercises used to debug Unicorn's Greek forms analysis logic.