post horn

noun

Definition of post horn

: a simple straight or coiled brass or copper small wind instrument with cupped mouthpiece used especially by guards of mail coaches of the 18th and 19th centuries

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First Known Use of post horn

circa 1652, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of post horn was circa 1652

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“Post horn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/post%20horn. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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