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A small container made of horn or a similar material, formerly used to hold ink for writing.
Affectedly or ostentatiously learned; pedantic: inkhorn words.


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



a small container of horn or other material, formerly used to hold writing ink.
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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.
I submit that the shortest autological word is 'a' and the longest (excluding that inkhorn nonce-word hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian), floccinaucinihilipilification-the action or habit of estimating as worthless' [OED]"
com)-- Inkhorn, a mobile game company located in Akron, has officially released its second game, Bulb Blast.
Other chapters uncover connections between George Puttenham's The Arte of English Poesie and sugar, Ben Jonson's Poetaster and inkhorn terms, Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece and the lately introduced concept of zero.
He fought Rupert for possession of the inkhorn and got up.
Penknife and ink-horns--a writer's tools, this writer's tools: the knife that sharpens his quill-pen, to be dipped in his inkhorn, an old academic term for ink-well, which turns ink-well into a sort of offensive weapon against the Bible, hard and pointed as horn.