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horn

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noun \ˈhȯrn\

Simple Definition of horn

  • : one of the hard pointed parts that grows on the head of some animals (such as cattle, goats, or sheep)

  • : a hard pointed part that grows on the nose of a rhinoceros

  • : the hard material of which horns are made

Full Definition of horn

  1. 1 a :  one of the usually paired bony processes that arise from the head of many ungulates and that are found in some extinct mammals and reptiles: as (1) :  one of the permanent paired hollow sheaths of keratin usually present in both sexes of cattle and their relatives that function chiefly for defense and arise from a bony core anchored to the skull — see cow illustration (2) :  antler (3) :  a permanent solid horn of keratin that is attached to the nasal bone of a rhinoceros (4) :  one of a pair of permanent bone protuberances from the skull of a giraffe or okapi that are covered with hairy skin b :  a part like an animal's horn attributed especially to the devil c :  a natural projection or excrescence from an animal resembling or suggestive of a horn d (1) :  the tough fibrous material consisting chiefly of keratin that covers or forms the horns of cattle and related animals, hooves, or other horny parts (as claws or nails) (2) :  a manufactured product (as a plastic) resembling horn e :  a hollow horn used to hold something

  2. 2 :  something resembling or suggestive of a horn: as a :  one of the curved ends of a crescent b :  a sharp mountain peak c :  a body of land or water shaped like a horn d :  a beak-shaped part of an anvil e :  a high pommel of a saddle f :  cornu

  3. 3 a :  an animal's horn used as a wind instrument b :  a brass wind instrument: as (1) :  hunting horn (2) :  french horn c :  a wind instrument used in a jazz band; especially :  trumpet d :  a usually electrical device that makes a noise like that of a horn

  4. 4 :  a source of strength

  5. 5 :  one of the equally disadvantageous alternatives presented by a dilemma

  6. 6 slang :  telephone

horn adjective
horned play \ˈhȯrnd also ˈhȯr-nəd\ adjective
horned·ness play \ˈhȯr-nəd-nəs, ˈhȯrn(d)-nəs\ noun
horn·less play \ˈhȯrn-ləs\ adjective
horn·less·ness noun
horn·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of horn

  1. <musketeers carrying their gunpowder in powder horns>



Origin of horn

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German horn, Latin cornu, Greek keras


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with horn


Horn

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geographical name \ˈhȯrn\

Definition of Horn

  1. cape NW Iceland



Variants of horn

or North Cape

Medical Dictionary

horn

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noun \ˈhȯ(ə)rn\

Medical Definition of horn

  1. 1a:  one of the usually paired bony processes that arise from the head of many ungulates and that are found in some extinct mammals and reptiles; especially :  one of the permanent paired hollow sheaths of keratin usually present in both sexes of cattle and their relatives that function chiefly for defense and arise from a bony core anchored to the skullb:  the tough fibrous material consisting chiefly of keratin that covers or forms the horns of cattle and related animals, hooves, or other horny parts (as claws or nails)

  2. 2:  cornu

  3. horned \ˈhȯ(ə)rnd\play adjective






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