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See also: Hartshorn
hartshorn (plural hartshorns)
- The antler of a hart, once used as a source of ammonia.
- (dated) An aqueous solution of ammonia; smelling salts.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, chapter XIV, in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar […], OCLC 928184292, book IV:
- Sophia, who had tottered along with much difficulty, sunk down in her chair; but by the assistance of hartshorn and water, she was prevented from fainting away...
the antler of a hart
An aqueous solution of ammonia
- (transitive) To revive with hartshorn smelling salts.
- 1841 February–November, Charles Dickens, “Barnaby Rudge”, in Master Humphrey’s Clock, volume III, London: Chapman & Hall, […], OCLC 633494058, chapter 19:
- Accordingly, after a vast amount of moaning and crying up-stairs, and much damping of foreheads, and vinegaring of temples, and hartshorning of noses, and so forth […]