powder horn


Definition of powder horn

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence on display for the first time in over a century," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of powder horn

1508, in the meaning defined above

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“Powder horn.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/powder%20horn. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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Kids Definition of powder horn

: a cow or ox horn made into a container for carrying gunpowder

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