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[ingk-hawrn] /ˈɪŋkˌhɔrn/
a small container of horn or other material, formerly used to hold writing ink.
Origin of inkhorn
1350-1400; Middle English; see ink, horn Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for inkhorn


(formerly) a small portable container for ink, usually made from horn
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Word Origin and History for inkhorn

late 14c., "small portable vessel (originally made of horn) for holding ink," from ink (n.) + horn (n.). Used attributively as an adjective for things (especially vocabulary) supposed to be beloved by scribblers and bookworms (1540s). An Old English word for the thing was blæchorn.

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inkhorn in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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