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horn

[ hawrn ]
/ hɔrn /
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noun
verb (used with object)
adjective
made of horn.
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Origin of horn

First recorded before 900; Middle English horn(e) (noun), Old English horn; cognate with Dutch horen, Old Norse, Danish, Swedish horn, German Horn, Gothic haurn, Latin cornu “horn,” Irish, Welsh corn; akin to Greek kéras “horn” (see cerat-); see also cornu

OTHER WORDS FROM horn

hornish, adjectivehornless, adjectivehorn·less·ness, nounhornlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for horn (1 of 2)

horn
/ (hɔːn) /

noun
verb (tr)
to provide with a horn or horns
to gore or butt with a horn
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Derived forms of horn

hornless, adjectivehornlike, adjective

Word Origin for horn

Old English; related to Old Norse horn, Gothic haurn, Latin cornu horn

British Dictionary definitions for horn (2 of 2)

Horn
/ (hɔːn) /

noun
Cape See Cape Horn
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Medical definitions for horn

horn
[ hôrn ]

n.
One of the hard, usually permanent structures projecting from the head of certain mammals, such as cattle, consisting of a bony core covered with a sheath of keratinous material.
A hard protuberance that is similar to or suggestive of a horn.
The hard, smooth keratinous material forming the outer covering of animal horns.
Any of the major subdivisions of the lateral ventricle in the cerebral hemisphere of the brain: the frontal horn, occipital horn, and temporal horn.cornu
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for horn

horn
[ hôrn ]

Either of the bony growths projecting from the upper part of the head of certain hoofed mammals, such as cattle, sheep, and goats. The horns of these animals are never shed, and they consist of bone covered by keratin.
A hard growth that looks like a horn, such as an antler or a growth on the head of a giraffe or rhinoceros. Unlike true horns, antlers are shed yearly and have a velvety covering, and the horns of a rhinoceros are made not of bone but of hairy skin fused with keratin.
The hard durable substance that forms the outer covering of true horns. It consists of keratin.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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