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In biblical and derived uses a horn is taken as an emblem of power and might, a means of defence or resistance.

In Christian iconography (except as in the horns of Moses), the representation of horns on the head of a person or supernatural being are a sign of evil. Horns were also fancifully said to be worn by a cuckold.

Recorded from Old English and of Germanic origin, the word comes from an Indo-European root shared by Latin cornu and Greek keras.

horn of plenty another name for a cornucopia.

See also gate of horn, horns, make a spoon or spoil a horn.

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