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air horn

  • noun a pneumatic horn
  • noun air intake of a carburetor
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anterior horn

  • noun one of two the two roots of a spinal nerve that passes ventrally from the spinal cord and that consists of motor fibers
    anterior root; ventral root; anterior horn.
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automobile horn

  • noun a device on an automobile for making a warning noise
    automobile horn; horn; hooter; car horn.
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baritone horn

  • noun the second lowest brass wind instrument
    baritone.
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bass horn

  • noun the lowest brass wind instrument
    sousaphone; tuba.
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Bass" horn"
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  1. (Mus.) A modification of the bassoon, much deeper in tone.
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basset horn

  • noun a tenor clarinet; pitched in the key of F below the B-flat clarinet
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Bas"set horn`
Etymology
See Basset, a.
Definitions
  1. (Mus.) An instrument blown with a reed, and resembling a clarinet, but of much greater compass, embracing nearly four octaves.
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broad-horned

Broad"-horned` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having horns spreading widely.
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buck's-horn

Buck's"-horn` noun
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  1. (Bot.) A plant with leaves branched somewhat like a buck's horn (Plantago Coronopus); also, Lobelia coronopifolia.
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bugle horn

Bu"gle horn`
Definitions
  1. A bugle.
    One blast upon his bugle horn Were worth a thousand men. Sir W. Scott.
  2. A drinking vessel made of horn. Obs.
    And drinketh of his bugle horn the wine. Chaucer.
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cape horn

  • noun a rocky headland belonging to Chile at the southernmost tip of South America (south of Tierra del Fuego)
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car horn

  • noun a device on an automobile for making a warning noise
    automobile horn; horn; hooter; car horn.
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dorsal horn

  • noun one of the two roots of a spinal nerve that passes dorsally to the spinal cord and that consists of sensory fibers
    dorsal root.
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Drinking horn

  • a drinking vessel made of a horn.
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English horn

  • noun a double-reed woodwind instrument similar to an oboe but lower in pitch
    cor anglais.
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  • . (Mus.) See Corno Inglese.
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Fog alarm, Fog bell, Fog horn, etc.

  • a bell, horn, whistle or other contrivance that sounds an alarm, often automatically, near places of danger where visible signals would be hidden in thick weather.
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Fossil unicorn, ∨ Fossil unicorn's horn

  • (Med.), a substance formerly of great repute in medicine; named from having been supposed to be the bone or the horn of the unicorn.
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French horn

  • noun a brass musical instrument consisting of a conical tube that is coiled into a spiral and played by means of valves
    horn.
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  • a metallic wind instrument, consisting of a long tube twisted into circular folds and gradually expanding from the mouthpiece to the end at which the sound issues; called in France cor de chasse.
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gems-horn

Gems"-horn` noun
Etymology
G., prop., chamois horn.
Definitions
  1. (Mus.) An organ stop with conical tin pipes.
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great horned owl

  • noun brown North American horned owl
    Bubo virginianus.
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hollow-horned

  • adjective satellite having horns that are hollow
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Hol"low-horned` adjective
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  1. (Zoöl.) Having permanent horns with a bony core, as cattle.
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Horn block

  • the frame or pedestal in which a railway car axle box slides up and down; also called horn plate.
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horn button

  • noun a button that you press to activate the horn of an automobile
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Horn distemper

  • a disease of cattle, affecting the internal substance of the horn.
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Horn drum

  • a wheel with long curved scoops, for raising water.
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horn fly

  • noun small black European fly introduced into North America; sucks blood from cattle especially at the base of the horn
    Haematobia irritans.
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horn in

  • verb search or inquire in a meddlesome way
    intrude; poke; pry; nose.
    • This guy is always nosing around the office
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Horn lead

  • (Chem.), chloride of lead.
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Horn maker

  • a maker of cuckolds. Obs. Shak.
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Horn mercury

  • . (Min.) Same as Horn quicksilver (below).
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Horn of a dilemma

  • . See under Dilemma.
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horn of africa

  • noun a peninsula of northeastern Africa (the easternmost part of Africa) comprising Somalia and Djibouti and Eritrea and parts of Ethiopia
    Somali peninsula.
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horn of plenty

  • noun a goat's horn filled with grain and flowers and fruit symbolizing prosperity
    cornucopia.
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Horn poppy

  • noun yellow-flowered Eurasian glaucous herb naturalized in along sandy shores in eastern North America
    horn poppy; Glaucium flavum; horned poppy; sea poppy.
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  • (Bot.), a plant allied to the poppy (Glaucium luteum), found on the sandy shores of Great Britain and Virginia; called also horned poppy. Gray.
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Horn pox

  • (Med.), abortive smallpox with an eruption like that of chicken pox.
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Horn quicksilver

  • (Min.), native calomel, or bichloride of mercury.
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Horn shell

  • (Zoöl.), any long, sharp, spiral, gastropod shell, of the genus Cerithium, and allied genera.
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Horn silver

  • (Min.), cerargyrite.
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Horn slate

  • a gray, siliceous stone.
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horn-mad

Horn"-mad` adjective
Definitions
  1. Quite mad; -- raving crazy.
    Did I tell you about Mr. Garrick, that the town are horn-mad after? Gray.
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horn-rimmed

  • adjective satellite having the frame made of horn or tortoise shell or plastic that simulates either
    • horn-rimmed glasses
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horn-shaped

  • adjective satellite shaped in the form of a horn
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horned asp

  • noun highly venomous viper of northern Africa and southwestern Asia having a horny spine above each eye
    cerastes; Cerastes cornutus; sand viper; horned asp.
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horned chameleon

  • noun a kind of chameleon
    Chamaeleo oweni.
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horned dinosaur

  • noun any of several four-footed herbivorous dinosaurs with enormous beaked skulls; of the late Cretaceous in North America and Mongolia
    ceratopsian.
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horned lizard

  • noun insectivorous lizard with hornlike spines on the head and spiny scales on the body; of western North America
    horned lizard; horny frog.
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horned owl

  • noun large owls having prominent ear tufts
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horned pondweed

  • noun found in still or slow-moving fresh or brackish water; useful to oxygenate cool water ponds and aquaria
    Zannichellia palustris.
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horned poppy

  • noun yellow-flowered Eurasian glaucous herb naturalized in along sandy shores in eastern North America
    horn poppy; Glaucium flavum; horned poppy; sea poppy.
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horned pout

  • noun catfish common in eastern United States
    pout; Ameiurus Melas; hornpout.
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horned puffin

  • noun northern Pacific puffin
    Fratercula corniculata.
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horned rattlesnake

  • noun small pale-colored desert rattlesnake of southwestern United States; body moves in an s-shaped curve
    sidewinder; Crotalus cerastes.
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horned screamer

  • noun screamer having a hornlike process projecting from the forehead
    Anhima cornuta.
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horned toad

  • noun insectivorous lizard with hornlike spines on the head and spiny scales on the body; of western North America
    horned lizard; horny frog.
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horned violet

  • noun European viola with an unusually long corolla spur
    tufted pansy; Viola cornuta.
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horned viper

  • noun highly venomous viper of northern Africa and southwestern Asia having a horny spine above each eye
    cerastes; Cerastes cornutus; sand viper; horned asp.
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horned whiff

  • noun a whiff found in waters from the Bahamas and northern Gulf of Mexico to Brazil
    Citharichthys cornutus.
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Hunting horn

  • a bulge; a horn used in the chase. See Horn, and Bulge.
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huntsman's horn

  • noun pitcher plant of southeastern United States having erect yellow trumpet-shaped pitchers with wide mouths and erect lids
    Sarracenia flava; trumpets; huntsman's horn; yellow pitcher plant; yellow trumpet.
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huntsman's horns

  • noun pitcher plant of southeastern United States having erect yellow trumpet-shaped pitchers with wide mouths and erect lids
    Sarracenia flava; trumpets; huntsman's horn; yellow pitcher plant; yellow trumpet.
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Letters of horning

  • (Scots Law), the process or authority by which a person, directed by the decree of a court of justice to pay or perform anything, is ordered to comply therewith.
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little horn

  • noun a river that flows from northern Wyoming into the Bighorn River in southern Montana; site of Custer's Last Stand
    Little Bighorn; Little Bighorn River.
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long-horned

Long"-horned` adjective
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  1. (Zoöl.) Obs. Having a long horn or horns; as, a long-horned goat, or cow; having long antennæ, as certain beetles (Longicornia).
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long-horned beetle

  • noun long-bodied beetle having very long antennae
    longicorn; longicorn beetle.
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long-horned grasshopper

  • noun grasshoppers with long threadlike antennae and well-developed stridulating organs on the forewings of the male
    tettigoniid.
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morsing horn

Mor"sing horn`
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  1. A horn or flask for holding powder, as for priming. Scot. Sir W. Scott.
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motor horn

  • noun a device on an automobile for making a warning noise
    automobile horn; horn; hooter; car horn.
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Post horn

  • noun wind instrument used by postilions of the 18th and 19th centuries
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  • a horn, or trumpet, carried and blown by a carrier of the public mail, or by a coachman.
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powder horn

  • noun container for carrying gunpowder; made of the hollow horn of an animal
    powder flask.
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pull in one's horns

  • verb make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
    back away; back out; crawfish; pull back; crawfish out; withdraw; retreat.
    • We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him
    • He backed out of his earlier promise
    • The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns
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Ram's horn

  • noun annual of southern United States to Mexico having large whitish or yellowish flowers mottled with purple and a long curving beak
    common unicorn plant; Proboscidea louisianica; elephant-tusk; devil's claw; common devil's claw; proboscis flower.
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  • . (a) (Fort.) A low semicircular work situated in and commanding a ditch . Written also ramshorn. Farrow. (b) (Paleon.) An ammonite.
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saddle horn

  • noun a high pommel of a Western saddle (usually metal covered with leather)
    horn.
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short-horned grasshopper

  • noun grasshopper with short antennae
    acridid.
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slug-horn

Slug"-horn` adjective
Definitions
  1. An erroneous form of the Scotch word slughorne, or sloggorne, meaning slogan.
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spindle horn

  • noun cow-like creature with the glossy coat of a horse and the agility of a goat and the long horns of an antelope; characterized as a cow that lives the life of a goat
    Pseudoryx nghetinhensis; forest goat.
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stag's-horn coral

  • noun large branching coral resembling antlers
    staghorn coral.
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Stag-horn coral

  • (Zoöl.), any one of several species of large branching corals of the genus Madrepora, which somewhat resemble the antlers of the stag, especially Madrepora cervicornis, and M. palmata, of Florida and the West Indies.
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Stag-horn fern

  • (Bot.), an Australian and West African fern (Platycerium alcicorne) having the large fronds branched like a stag's horns; also, any species of the same genus.
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Stag-horn sumac

  • (Bot.), a common American shrub (Rhus typhina) having densely velvety branchlets. See Sumac.
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stag-horned

Stag"-horned` adjective
Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) Having the mandibles large and palmate, or branched somewhat like the antlers of a stag; -- said of certain beetles.
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take the bull by the horns

  • verb face a difficulty and grapple with it without avoiding it
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texas horned lizard

  • noun of arid and semiarid open country
    Phrynosoma cornutum.
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To raise, ∨ lift, the horn

  • (Script.), to exalt one's self; to act arrogantly. "'Gainst them that raised thee dost thou lift thy horn?" Milton.
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To haul in one's horns

  • to withdraw some arrogant pretension. Colloq. = to pull in one's horns
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To take a horn

  • to take a drink of intoxicating liquor. Low
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To take the bull by the horns

  • to grapple with a difficulty instead of avoiding it.
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ventral horn

  • noun one of two the two roots of a spinal nerve that passes ventrally from the spinal cord and that consists of motor fibers
    anterior root; ventral root; anterior horn.
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yellow horned poppy

  • noun yellow-flowered Eurasian glaucous herb naturalized in along sandy shores in eastern North America
    horn poppy; Glaucium flavum; horned poppy; sea poppy.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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