Letters of horning
Horning Horn"ing, n. Appearance of the moon when increasing, or in the form of a crescent. --J. Gregory. [1913 Webster]

{Letters of horning} (Scots Law), the process or authority by which a person, directed by the decree of a court of justice to pay or perform anything, is ordered to comply therewith. --Mozley & W. [1913 Webster]


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