horn book

hornbook

[hawrn-book]
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:
1580–90; horn + book

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hornbook (ˈhɔːnˌbʊk)
 
n
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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