water. Horn lead (Chem.), chloride of lead. Horn maker, a maker of cuckolds. [Obs.] Shak.
Horn mercury. (Min.) Same as Horn quicksilver Horn poppy (Bot.), a plant allied to the
poppy (Glaucium luteum), found on the sandy shores of Great Britain and Virginia; called also horned
poppy. Gray. Horn pox (Med.), abortive smallpox with an eruption like that of chicken pox.
Horn quicksilver (Min.), native calomel, or bichloride of mercury. Horn shell (Zoöl.), any long,
sharp, spiral, gastropod shell, of the genus Cerithium, and allied genera. Horn silver (Min.), cerargyrite.
Horn slate, a gray, siliceous stone. To haul in one's horns, to withdraw some arrogant pretension.
[Colloq.] To raise, or lift, the horn (Script.), to exalt one's self; to act arrogantly. "'Gainst them
that raised thee dost thou lift thy horn?" Milton. To take a horn, to take a drink of intoxicating
(Horn) v. t.
1. To furnish with horns; to give the shape of a horn to.
2. To cause to wear horns; to cuckold. [Obs.] Shak.
(Horn"beak`) n. A fish. See Hornfish.
Hop hornbeam. (Bot.) See under Hop.
(Horn"beam`) n. [See Beam.] (Bot.) A tree of the genus Carpinus (C. Americana), having
a smooth gray bark and a ridged trunk, the wood being white and very hard. It is common along the
banks of streams in the United States, and is also called ironwood. The English hornbeam is C. Betulus.
The American is called also blue beech and water beech.
(Horn"bill`) n. (Zoöl.) Any bird of the family Bucerotidæ, of which about sixty species are known,
belonging to numerous genera. They inhabit the tropical parts of Asia, Africa, and the East Indies, and
are remarkable for having a more or less horn-like protuberance, which is usually large and hollow and
is situated on the upper side of the beak. The size of the hornbill varies from that of a pigeon to that of
a raven, or even larger. They feed chiefly upon fruit, but some species eat dead animals.
Hornblende schist (Geol.), a hornblende rock of schistose structure.
(Horn"blende`) n. [G., fr. horn horn + blende blende.] (Min.) The common black, or
dark green or brown, variety of amphibole. (See Amphibole.) It belongs to the aluminous division of
the species, and is also characterized by its containing considerable iron. Also used as a general term
to include the whole species.
(Horn*blend"ic) a. Composed largely of hornblende; resembling or relating to hornblende.
(Horn"blow`er) n. [AS. hornblawere.] One who, or that which, blows a horn.
1. The first book for children, or that from which in former times they learned their letters and rudiments;
so called because a sheet of horn covered the small, thin board of oak, or the slip of paper, on which
the alphabet, digits, and often the Lord's Prayer, were written or printed; a primer. "He teaches boys the
2. A book containing the rudiments of any science or branch of knowledge; a manual; a handbook.
(Horn"bug`) n. (Zoöl.) A large nocturnal beetle of the genus Lucanus (as L. capreolus, and
L. dama), having long, curved upper jaws, resembling a sickle. The grubs are found in the trunks of old