Definition of horned in English:



  • 1Having a horn or horns.

    ‘horned cattle’
    [in combination] ‘a long-horned bison’
    • ‘He saw huge beasts, some horned, some tusked, that he could find no name for.’
    • ‘‘The Asian long horned beetle could potentially damage or kill 80 per cent of Calgary's trees once established,’ the report stated.’
    • ‘We made the driver stop and walked for a companionable half-hour with two herdsmen, striding along at the head of their great mass of long horned cattle.’
    • ‘His long, grayish hair was woven and braided about a huge horned headdress, and his midnight blue and evergreen robes were embroidered in silver.’
    • ‘In some case horned animals are harnessed to simple ploughs.’
    • ‘Currently Mr Rushton farms 450 acres with horned sheep and suckler cattle.’
    • ‘With the exception of horned cattle, the animals were got across easily.’
    • ‘It turns out that only some male horned scarab beetles grow long horns and battle for mates.’
    • ‘The August discovery of the new dinosaur Rajasaurus narmadensis - a nine-meter long, horned carnivore similar to Tyrannosaurus - along the banks of the Narmada River in India adds weight to this theory.’
    • ‘The men wear a horned headdress with a tall tuft of feathers and a fringe of cowry shells dangling over their faces.’
    • ‘The horned Angora goats use horns to pull down multiflora stems for feeding.’
    • ‘This cow, from the broad horned Norfolk breed and sired by a bull of the Bakewell breed, was considered extraordinarily fine and became known as ‘The Westbrook Heifer.’’
    • ‘Instead of the typical clan tartans, the Orkney ferry is decorated with posters of dragon-bowed great boats and warriors in horned helmets shoving flaming coffins out into the waves.’
    • ‘In Lower Austria the saint is followed by a similar horned creature, called Krampus, covered with bells and dragging chains; in Styria this attendant is named Bartel.’
    • ‘As a horned antelope they must be respected in that horns are lethal weapons and members of the hartebeest family are very capable of giving a good account of themselves.’
    • ‘Instead pagans worship a goddess, who is seen as the creative force of the divine in all nature, and her partner the horned god, who is the personification of the male principle, the god of wild things and the untamed.’
    • ‘Across the open grasslands are scattered various members of the antelope family - horned bushbucks, waterbucks, eland, topi, gazelle and impala.’
    • ‘A spokeswoman for the station said: ‘The general notion is of Vikings with horned helmets raping and pillaging but that is not really true.’’
    • ‘Marauding warriors with horned helmets who slaughtered monks and carried off treasures are at the heart of the popular image of the Viking invasions of the British Isles.’
    • ‘Why don't horned herbivores, constantly threatened by predators like lions and tigers, gang up on them instead of always running away?’
  • 2literary [attributive] Crescent-shaped.

    ‘the horned moon’