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A former teaching aid consisting of a leaf of paper showing the alphabet, and often the ten digits and the Lord's Prayer, mounted on a wooden tablet and protected by a thin plate of horn. ...

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A Dictionary of Law (9 ed. )

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2018
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28 words

...hornbook n. A mostly US term for a one-volume work summarizing the elementary principles of law in a particular area (e.g. contract law, land law); a legal handbook....

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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247 words

... thong to secure the hornbook to the belt or wrist. Although there is evidence that hornbook s were already in use in the 15 th century, literary references suggest that they became popular only from the 16 th century onwards. Shakespeare ’s Love’s Labour’s Lost ( 1598 ) provides one example: ‘Yes yes, he teaches boyes the Horne-booke: What is Ab speld backward with the horne on his head?’ (5.1.49–50). In the 18 th century, the hornbook was gradually replaced by the *battledore , a cardboard folder containing illustrations as well as more...

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The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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...which the Lord’s Prayer was printed. Black-letter hornbooks were manufactured until the early 17th cent., after which Roman type became common. The true hornbook eventually gave way to the battledore . The hornbook was often known as the ‘Criss-cross-row’ or ‘Chris-cross’, which was either a reference to the ‘Christ’s cross’ at the top of it, or to a device which had preceded it, in which the letters of the alphabet were strung crosswise on a wire. See further A. W. Tuer ’s History of the Horn-book ( 1896...

Sir Hornbook

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The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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...Sir Hornbook ; or, Childe Launcelot’s Expedition, a Grammatical-Allegorical Ballad A mock ballad in which Childe Launcelot enlists Sir Hornbook, his twenty-six merrymen A–Z, and other grammatical officers, to help him reach the goal of the Muses’ bower. In turn they conquer and press into service all the parts of speech. Published anonymously, probably in late 1813 , by Sharpe and Hailes of Piccadilly, it is the early work of the poet and satirist Thomas Love Peacock ( 1785–1866 ). It was illustrated and was popular enough as a piece of...

Gull's Horn‐Book, The

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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Literature
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40 words

...Horn‐Book, The ( 1609 )   A satire on fops and gallants by Thomas Dekker , which parodies the courtesy books of the period. As a sociological document it reveals attitudes to leisure, luxury, and London's shifting...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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47 words

...Horn‐Book, The A satire on fops and gallants by Thomas Dekker , published 1609 , parodying the courtesy books of the period, and suggested by a German original ( see Grobian ). As a sociological document it reveals attitudes to leisure, luxury, and London's shifting population....

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

... a former teaching aid consisting of a leaf of paper showing the alphabet, and often the ten digits and the Lord's Prayer, mounted on a wooden tablet and protected by a thin plate of...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2013
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129 words

... • betook , book, brook, Brooke, Chinook, chook, Coke, cook, Cooke, crook, forsook, Gluck, hook, look, mistook, nook, partook, rook, schnook, schtuck, Shilluk, shook, Tobruk, took, undercook, undertook • handbook • chapbook , scrapbook • cash book • passbook • sketchbook • chequebook • netbook • textbook • daybook , playbook • casebook • phrase book • dybbuk • pocketbook • copybook • storybook • guidebook • logbook • songbook • scorebook • hornbook • sourcebook • schoolbook • notebook • cookbook, lookbook • yearbook • picture book •...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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89 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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76 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2004
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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31 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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34 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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46 words
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The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

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...horn-book n ˈɔ:ɹn-ˌbʊk, ˈhɔ:- sp horne-booke 1 > book ...

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A former teaching aid consisting of a leaf of paper showing the alphabet, and often the ten digits and the Lord's Prayer, mounted on a wooden tablet and protected by a thin plate of horn.
Death and Dr Hornbook

Death and Dr Hornbook  

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A satirical poem by Burns, published 1786.
Gull's Horn-Book

Gull's Horn-Book  

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A satire on fops and gallants by Thomas Dekker, published 1609, parodying the courtesy books of the period, and suggested by a German original (see Grobian). As a sociological document it reveals ...
15 Children’s Books

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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4,997 words
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Oxford University Press

...was the *hornbook , a wooden paddle upon which a printed *leaf was mounted under a thin layer of horn, from which children learned their letters. Later, printers used pages of cloth, *cardboard , plywood, and plastic ( see bath book ) that can withstand rough treatment by very small children: those printed on fabric are known as rag or *cloth books , while those on heavy card stock are called board books. The leaves of the text block may be folded in various ways. The *battledore , an 18 th - and 19 th -century alternative to the hornbook, consists of...

battledore

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A piece of cardboard on which was printed the ABC, a syllabary, and the Lord’s Prayer, so called from its usual shape; used as a substitute for the hornbook.
battledore

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A wooden paddle-shaped implement formerly used in washing clothes for beating and stirring; the word then came to denote the small racket used in the game of battledore and shuttlecock, the ...

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