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inkhorn

[ingk-hawrn] /ˈɪŋkˌhɔrn/
noun
1.
a small container of horn or other material, formerly used to hold writing ink.
Origin of inkhorn
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at ink, horn
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inkhorn

/ˈɪŋkˌhɔːn/
noun
1.
(formerly) a small portable container for ink, usually made from horn
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n.

late 14c., "small portable vessel (originally made of horn) for holding ink," from ink (n.) + horn (n.). Used attributively as an adjective for things (especially vocabulary) supposed to be beloved by scribblers and bookworms (1540s). An Old English word for the thing was blæchorn.

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