verb (used with object)
  1. to remove the horns of (cattle).
  2. to prevent the formation or growth of horns in (cattle), as by cauterization.
  3. Horticulture. to prune (a tree, shrub, etc.) by shortening major branches to an extreme degree.

Origin of dehorn

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; de- + horn
Related formsde·horn·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (tr)
  1. to remove or prevent the growth of the horns of (cattle, sheep, or goats)
  2. to cut back (the larger limbs of a tree) drastically
Derived Formsdehorner, noun
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