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1. An early primer consisting of a single page protected by a transparent sheet of horn, formerly used in teaching children to read.
2. A text that instructs in the basic skills or rudiments of a subject.


1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a page bearing a religious text or the alphabet, held in a frame with a thin window of flattened cattle horn over it
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) any elementary primer



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.
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Noun1.hornbook - a primer that provides instruction in the rudiments or basic skills of a branch of knowledge
primer - an introductory textbook
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the era of mechanically based technologies for grade school education (late 19th through mid 20th centuries)--such as, blackboards, standardized desks, the hornbook, "magic lantern" slide projectors, et cetera; technology as classroom support tools;
I can scarcely express what I but dimly perceive-and yet I think I perceive it--that you may judge the more clearly I will put it in the most homely form possible-I will call the world a School instituted for the purpose of teaching little children to read-I will call the human heart the horn Book used in that School-and I will call the Child able to read, the Soul made from that school and its hornbook.
Would it serve as a good text or hornbook for a student of CT Law?
Also, Justice Stephen Breyer said during oral arguments, "I thought it was hornbook law that agency conduct was judicially reviewable.