horn spoon


Definition of horn spoon

1 : a spoon made of horn used chiefly interjectionally in the phrase by the great horn spooncookies, by the great horn spoon— Hamlin Garland
2 or less commonly horn : a small receptacle like a trough made from a section of cow horn and used for careful washing tests in gold mining

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“Horn spoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horn%20spoon. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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