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ink·horn

 (ĭngk′hôrn′)
n.
A small container made of horn or a similar material, formerly used to hold ink for writing.
adj.
Affectedly or ostentatiously learned; pedantic: inkhorn words.

inkhorn

(ˈɪŋkˌhɔːn)
n
(Historical Terms) (formerly) a small portable container for ink, usually made from horn

ink•horn

(ˈɪŋkˌhɔrn)

n.
a small container of horn or other material, formerly used to hold writing ink.
[1350–1400]
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inkhorn

adjective
Characterized by a narrow concern for book learning and formal rules, without knowledge or experience of practical matters:
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All right," said Haley, his face beaming with delight; and pulling out an old inkhorn, he proceeded to fill out a bill of sale, which, in a few moments, he handed to the young man.
haberdasher(es ware 'caps, purses, points, beads, spurs, inkhorns, thread, stationery, etc.
The epic-religious-journalistic parody that erupts from Martin Cunningham's barroom blessing starts as an endless parade of saints performing miracles and bearing palms, inkhorns, and babes in bathtubs, but collapses finally into a blessing that, translated, shows no real parodic elements: