hartshorn

[hahrts-hawrn]

noun

the antler of a hart, formerly used as a source of ammonia.
ammonium carbonate.

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  5. hartnup disease,
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Origin of hartshorn

before 1000; Middle English hertis horn, Old English heortes horn. See hart, 's1, horn

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British Dictionary definitions for hartshorn

hartshorn

noun

an obsolete name for sal volatile (def. 2)

Word Origin for hartshorn

Old English heortes horn hart's horn (formerly a chief source of ammonia)

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Word Origin and History for hartshorn

hartshorn

n.

"ammonium carbonate," Old English heortes hornes, from hart + horn (n.). So called because a main early source of ammonia was the antlers of harts.

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