inkhorn

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English inkhorn (small portable vessel, originally made of horn, used to hold ink), equivalent to ink +‎ horn.

Noun[edit]

inkhorn (plural inkhorns)

  1. (archaic) A small portable container, often made of horn, used to carry ink.
    • Longfellow
      From his pocket the notary drew his papers and inkhorn.
  2. (used attributively, pejorative, of vocabulary) Pedantic, obscurely scholarly.

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ink +‎ horn

Noun[edit]

inkhorn

  1. A small portable container, often made of horn, used to carry ink.