[ hawrn ]
/ hɔrn /


verb (used with object)


made of horn.

Nearby words

  1. hormones,
  2. hormonic,
  3. hormonogenesis,
  4. hormonopoiesis,
  5. hormuz,
  6. horn chair,
  7. horn fly,
  8. horn in,
  9. horn in on,
  10. horn of africa


Origin of horn

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 cornu, Irish, Welsh corn; akin to Greek kéras horn (see cerat-)

Related formshorn·ish, adjectivehorn·less, adjectivehorn·less·ness, nounhorn·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hornest


/ (hɔːn) /


Cape See Cape Horn


/ (hɔːn) /


verb (tr)

to provide with a horn or horns
to gore or butt with a horn
See also horn in

Derived Formshornless, adjectivehornlike, adjective

Word Origin for horn

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

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Word Origin and History for hornest
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Medicine definitions for hornest


[ hôrn ]


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

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Science definitions for hornest


[ 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.
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Idioms and Phrases with hornest


In addition to the idioms beginning with horn

  • horn in on
  • horns of a dilemma, on the

also see:

  • blow one's own horn
  • lock horns
  • pull in one's horns
  • take the bull by the horns
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