hornbook

noun
horn·​book | \ ˈhȯrn-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce hornbook (audio) \

Definition of hornbook

1 : a child's primer consisting of a sheet of parchment or paper protected by a sheet of transparent horn
2 : a rudimentary treatise

First Known Use of hornbook

circa 1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hornbook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hornbook. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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