ink horn

inkhorn

[ingk-hawrn]
noun
a small container of horn or other material, formerly used to hold writing ink.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see ink, horn

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inkhorn (ˈɪŋkˌhɔːn)
 
n
(formerly) a small portable container for ink, usually made from horn

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inkhorn
1382, "small portable vessel (originally made of horn) for holding ink," from ink + horn. Used attributively as an adj. for things (especially vocabulary) supposed to be beloved by scribblers and bookworms (1543).
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Inkhorn definition


The Hebrew word so rendered means simply a round vessel or cup for containing ink, which was generally worn by writers in the girdle (Ezek. 9:2, 3,11). The word "inkhorn" was used by the translators, because in former times in this country horns were used for containing ink.

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