powder horn

noun

: a flask for carrying gunpowder
especially : one made of the horn of an ox or cow

Examples of powder horn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Allan scoffs at Ian's antiquated bow and arrow, favoring his trusty rifle and really cool powder horn. Lincee Ray, EW.com, 7 Mar. 2022 The drama doesn't end there; later in the evening, Richard Brown and his cohorts arrive to accuse Allan Christie of stealing a powder horn (a container for gun powder). Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 6 Mar. 2022 Later, Brown arrives at Fraser’s Ridge to arrest Allan for stealing a powder horn. Sharareh Drury, Variety, 6 Mar. 2022 Earlier this year, a rare powder horn that belonged to an African American soldier killed in the Revolutionary War went on display at the Museum of the American Revolution. Fox News, 25 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1508, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of powder horn was in 1508

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Kids Definition

powder horn

noun
: a flask for carrying gunpowder
especially : one made of the horn of an ox or cow
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