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hornbook

[hawrn-boo k] /ˈhɔrnˌbʊk/
noun
1.
a leaf or page containing the alphabet, religious materials, etc., covered with a sheet of transparent horn and fixed in a frame with a handle, formerly used in teaching children to read.
2.
a primer or book of rudiments.
Origin of hornbook
1580-1590
1580-90; horn + book
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  • It is hornbook law that a contract is an agreement between two or more parties.
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  • It is hornbook law that limitations periods are customarily subject to equitable tolling.
British Dictionary definitions for hornbook

hornbook

/ˈhɔːnˌbʊk/
noun
1.
a page bearing a religious text or the alphabet, held in a frame with a thin window of flattened cattle horn over it
2.
any elementary primer
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