Etymology
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horner (n.)

c. 1300 "worker in horn" (maker of buttons, spoons, combs, etc.), from horn (n.). From mid-15c. as "one who blows a horn." Mid-13c. as a surname.

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stinkhorn (n.)

type of foul-smelling fungus, 1724, from stink + horn (n.), for its shape.

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buckhorn (n.)

also buck-horn, "substance of the horns of a deer," used in making knife-handles, etc., 1610s, from buck (n.1) + horn (n.).

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dehorn (v.)

"remove the horns of," 1888, from de- + horn (n.). Related: Dehorned; dehorning.

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longhorn (adj.)

also long-horn, in reference to a type of cattle, 1808, from long (adj.) + horn (n.).

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horny (adj.)

late 14c., "made of horn," from horn (n.) + -y (2). From 1690s as "callous, resembling horn." The colloquial meaning "lustful, sexually aroused," was in use certainly by 1889, perhaps as early as 1863; it probably derives from the late 18c. slang expression to have the horn, suggestive of male sexual excitement (but eventually applied to women as well); see horn (n.). As a noun it once also was a popular name for a domestic cow. For an adjective in the original sense of the word, hornish (1630s) and horn-like (1570s) are available.

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tinhorn (adj.)

"petty but flashy," 1857, from tin + horn (n.); originally of low-class gamblers, from the tin cans they used for shaking dice.

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hornbeam (n.)

type of small tree, 1570s, from horn (n.) + beam (n.) "tree," preserving the original sense of the latter word. The tree so called in reference to its hard wood, which somewhat resembles horn.

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slughorn (n.)

also slug-horn, "a short and ill-formed horn of an ox-like animal," 1825, provincial (East Anglia), from slug (n.2) "stunted horn" + horn (n.).

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hartshorn (n.)

"ammonium carbonate," Old English heortes hornes, from hart + horn (n.). So called because a main early source of ammonia was the antlers of harts.

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