One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The horn of an ox, cow, or similar animal used to hold gunpowder, with the wide end filled in and a nozzle at the pointed end.
- ‘The first section, ‘Men's Activities,’ includes objects such as a powder horn inscribed and decorated by its owner, decoys, and scrimshaw.’
- ‘What to do with the powder horn, jar of foul-smelling trap bait, bullet molds, inflatable India-rubber pillow, small foot-shaped stones ideal for heating and dropping inside wet boots, and on and on multiplied indefinitely?’
- ‘He commandeered a powder horn from one of the men.’
- ‘A .45 caliber cap-and-ball rifle, complete with set triggers, bullet mould and powder horn given me by another uncle, was traded for something I can't even remember now.’
- ‘In 1956 my parents bought me a Davy Crockett costume complete with powder horn and coonskin cap.’
powder horn/ˈpoudər hôrn/
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