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staghorn

[stag-hawrn]
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noun
  1. a piece of a stag's antler, especially when used to form objects, decorations, or the like.
  2. staghorn coral.
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adjective
  1. made of or decorated with staghorn: a knife with a staghorn handle.
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Origin of staghorn

First recorded in 1655–65; stag + horn
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • Captain Staghorn was resolved to carry out his diabolical intentions.

    Marmaduke Merry

    William H. G. Kingston

  • The staghorn sumach is named for the densely hairy, forking branchlets, which look much like the horns of a stag "in the velvet."

    Trees Worth Knowing

    Julia Ellen Rogers

  • The smooth sumach (see illustrations, pages 150-151) is quite as familiar as the staghorn, as a roadside shrub.

    Trees Worth Knowing

    Julia Ellen Rogers

  • This is a sub-variety of the Staghorn Endive, and comparatively of recent introduction.

  • It is distinguished from staghorn sumach by its smooth branches, those of staghorn being hairy.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson