hornbook
noun Date: circa 1595 1. a child's primer consisting of a sheet of parchment or paper protected by a sheet of transparent horn 2. a rudimentary treatise

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  • hornbook — noun abstract on the law, analysis, analyzation, annotated text, capitulation, capsule, commentary, compendium, condensation, desk book, digest of the law, discourse on the law, dissection, dissertation on the law, encyclopedia, excursus,… …   Law dictionary

  • Hornbook — Horn book , n. 1. The first book for children, or that from which in former times they learned their letters and rudiments; so called because a sheet of horn covered the small, thin board of oak, or the slip of paper, on which the alphabet,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hornbook — [hôrn′book΄] n. 1. a sheet of parchment with the alphabet, a table of numbers, etc. on it, mounted on a small board with a handle and protected by a thin, transparent plate of horn: it was formerly used as a child s primer 2. an elementary… …   English World dictionary

  • Hornbook — A hornbook is a book that serves as primer for study. The hornbook originated in England in 1450 (Huey, Edmund Burke). The term has been applied to a few different study materials in different fields. In children s education, in the years before… …   Wikipedia

  • hornbook — noun a) A single page containing the alphabet, covered with a sheet of transparent horn, formerly used for teaching children to read.<ref name= ADPM def >The [ …   Wiktionary

  • hornbook — /hawrn book /, n. 1. a leaf or page containing the alphabet, religious materials, etc., covered with a sheet of transparent horn and fixed in a frame with a handle, formerly used in teaching children to read. 2. a primer or book of rudiments.… …   Universalium

  • hornbook — A primer; a book explaining the basics, fundamentals or rudiments of any science or branch of knowledge. The phrase hornbook law is a colloquial designation of the rudiments or general principles of law. Popular reference to a series of textbooks …   Black's law dictionary

  • hornbook — A primer; a book explaining the basics, fundamentals or rudiments of any science or branch of knowledge. The phrase hornbook law is a colloquial designation of the rudiments or general principles of law. Popular reference to a series of textbooks …   Black's law dictionary

  • hornbook — Synonyms and related words: abecedarium, abecedary, alphabet, alphabet book, and arithmetic, basics, battledore, casebook, elementary education, elements, exercise book, first principles, first steps, gradus, grammar, induction, initiation,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • HORNBOOK —    was a sheet of vellum or paper used in early times for teaching the rudiments of education, on which were inscribed the alphabet in black or Roman letters, some monosyllables, the Lord s Prayer, and the Roman numerals; this sheet was covered… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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