Bulan (Arabic: بلان) is a little-known unicorn from Turkestan. According to Mahmud al-Kashgari, it lives in the country of the Kipchak. It has a single horn, at the tip of which is a deep hole, where snow and rain accumulate. When the male is thirsty, the female kneels down and lets him drink from her horn; when the female is thirsty, he does the same for her.[1]

The word "bulan" (бұлан) means "elk" in Turkic languages. It may also be interpreted as "one who finds" (bul + an).


  1. Ettinghausen, Richard. The Unicorn: Studies in Muslim Iconography. Freer Gallery of Art. Occasional Papers 1. p. 67.

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