[ dee-hawrn ]
/ diˈhɔrn /

verb (used with object)

to remove the horns of (cattle).
to prevent the formation or growth of horns in (cattle), as by cauterization.
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 forms

de·horn·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dehorn


/ (diːˈhɔːn) /

verb (tr)

to remove or prevent the growth of the horns of (cattle, sheep, or goats)
to cut back (the larger limbs of a tree) drastically

Derived Forms

dehorner, noun
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