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Horn may refer to:



  • Natural horn, the ancestor of the modern (French) horn
  • Horn (instrument), often called a "French horn," a brass musical instrument constructed of coiled tubing
  • Alto horn, a brass instrument primarily used in ensembles and brass bands.
  • Horn section of a band or orchestra
  • Blowing horn, winding horn or age-old rudimentary sound device
  • Horn (acoustic), an open-ended tapered sound-guide
  • Horn loudspeaker, a loudspeaker
  • Bullhorn, or megaphone, a device used to amplify one's voice
  • Bukkehorn, ancient Norwegian musical instrument
  • Train horn, for use on diesel and electric locomotives, as opposed to a steam whistle
  • Foghorn, navigation aid for mariners
  • Vehicle horn, an alerting device in on cars, trains and ships
  • Shofar, a ritual horn in the Jewish religion
  • Dungchen, a ritual horn used in Tibetan Buddhism





  • Gjallarhorn, the sounding horn or ringing horn of the god Heimdall, used to announce Ragnarok
  • Horn (Chinese constellation), a constellation in Chinese astronomy, known as one of the Eastern mansions of the Azure Dragon
  • Horn of Gondor, carried by Boromir in the Lord Of The Rings
  • Hörn, another name for the goddess Freyja in Norse mythology
  • Horns (novel), a 2010 novel written by Joe Hill
  • King Horn, a 13th century Middle English romance story


  • "Horn" is military jargon for a telephone, as in "Get on the horn"
  • "Horns" is a shortened version of Texas Longhorns, the sports teams of the University of Texas in Austin
  • Hook 'em Horns is a hand gesture expressing support for the above teams
  • "Devil horns" is a hand gesture, the Corna, with a vulgar meaning in Mediterranean countries, also used in heavy metal
  • "Horned" and variants can mean cuckolded.
  • Horn, a baseball hat-trick, when a player strikes out six times in one game.


  • Horn (anatomy), a pointed projection on the head of various animals
  • Gabriel's horn, is a mathematical figure invented by Evangelista Torricelli
  • Horn clause, a term in formal logic
  • Drinking horn, an ancient drinking vessel
  • Anointing horn, used for the unction at a coronation
  • Horn (diacritic), a diacritic mark used to indicate that a normally rounded vowel such as o or u is to be pronounced unrounded
  • Horn, a smoking pipe shaped like a bull's horn or as a bent cone, as described in Sherlock Holmes stories
  • Horn of Plenty, or Cornucopia, also known as the Horn of Amalthea
  • "The Horn", a song by Super Furry Animals from their album Love Kraft

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

HORN (a common Teutonic word, cognate with Lat. cornu; cf. Gr. rtpas). The weapons which project from the heads of various species of animals, constituting what are known as horns, embrace substances which are, in their anatomical structure and chemical composition, quite distinct from each other; and although in commerce also they are known indiscriminately as horn, their uses are altogether dissimilar. These differences in structure and properties were thus indicated by Sir R. Owen: "The weapons to which the term horn is properly or technically applied consist of very different substances, and belong to two organic systems, as distinct from each other as both are from the teeth. Thus the horns of deer consist of bone, and are processes of the frontal bone; those of the giraffe are independent bones or ` epiphyses ' covered by hairy skin; those of oxen, sheep and antelopes are ` apophyses ' of the frontal bone, covered by the corium and by a sheath of true horny material; those of the prong-horned antelope consist at their basis of bony processes covered by hairy skin, and are covered by horny sheaths in the rest of their extent. They thus combine the character of those of the giraffe and ordinary antelope, together with the expanded and branched form of the antlers of deer. Only the horns of the rhinoceros are composed wholly of horny matter, and this is disposed in longitudinal fibres, so that the horns seem rather to consist of coarse bristles compactly matted together in the form of a more or less elongated sub-compressed cone." True horny matter is really a modified form of epidermic tissue, and consists of the albuminoid "keratin." It forms, not only the horns of the ox tribe, but also the hoofs, claws or nails of animals generally, the carapace of the tortoises and the armadilloes, the scales of the pangolin, porcupine quills, and birds' feathers, &c.

Horn is employed in the manufacture of combs, buttons, the handles of walking-sticks, umbrellas, and knives, drinking-cups, spoons of various kinds, snuff-boxes, &c. In former times it was applied to several uses for which it is no longer required, although such applications have left their traces in the language. Thus the musical instruments and fog signals known as horns indicate their descent from earlier and simpler forms of apparatus made from horn. In the same way powder-horns were spoken of long after they ceased to be made of that substance; to a small extent lanterns still continue to be "glazed" with thin transparent plates of horn.

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See also horn, and hörn




Old High German horn


  • /hɔrn/, /hOrn/


Horn n. (genitive Hornes or Horns, plural Hörner)

  1. horn (musical instrument)
  2. cornet
  3. (anatomy) cranial parietal bones


Horn n. (genitive Hornes or Horns, plural Horne)

  1. horn (substance from which animal horns are made)


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From Wikispecies

(1871-1939) was a German entomologist who specialised in Coleoptera. He was born in Berlin, where he also died.

Bible wiki

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From BibleWiki

Trumpets were at first horns perforated at the tip, used for various purposes (Josh 6:4,5).

Flasks or vessels were made of horn (1Sam 16:1, 13; 1 Kg 1:39).

But the word is used also metaphorically to denote the projecting corners of the altar of burnt offerings (Ex 27:2) and of incense (30:2). The horns of the altar of burnt offerings were to be smeared with the blood of the slain bullock (29:12; Lev 4:7-18). The criminal, when his crime was accidental, found an asylum by laying hold of the horns of the altar (1 Kg 1:50; 2:28).

The word also denotes the peak or summit of a hill (Isa 5:1, where the word "hill" is the rendering of the same Hebrew word).

This word is used metaphorically also for strength (Deut 33:17) and honour (Job 16:15; Lam 2:3). Horns are emblems of power, dominion, glory, and fierceness, as they are the chief means of attack and defence with the animals endowed with them (Dan 8:5, 9; 1Sam 2:1; 16:1, 13; 1 Kg 1:39; 22:11; Josh 6:4, 5; Ps 755, 10; 132:17; Lk 1:69, etc.). The expression "horn of salvation," applied to Christ, means a salvation of strength, or a strong Saviour (Lk 1:69). To have the horn "exalted" denotes prosperity and triumph (Ps 8917, 24). To "lift up" the horn is to act proudly (Zech 1:21).

Horns are also the symbol of royal dignity and power (Jer 48:25; Zech 1:18; Dan 8:24).

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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