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powder horn

n.
An animal's horn capped at the open end, used to carry gunpowder.
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powder horn

n
(Historical Terms) a powder flask consisting of the hollow horn of an animal
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pow′der horn`


n.
a flask for gunpowder made from the horn of a cow or ox.
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Noun1.powder horn - container for carrying gunpowderpowder horn - container for carrying gunpowder; made of the hollow horn of an animal
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
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powder horn

nPulverhorn nt
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"We are in trouble," said he, "these are some of the rascally Arapahays that robbed me last year." Not a word was uttered by the rest of the party, but they silently slung their powder horns and ball pouches, and prepared for battle.
In the great Zoological Gardens we found specimens of all the animals the world produces, I think, including a dromedary, a monkey ornamented with tufts of brilliant blue and carmine hair--a very gorgeous monkey he was-- a hippopotamus from the Nile, and a sort of tall, long-legged bird with a beak like a powder horn and close-fitting wings like the tails of a dress coat.
Bowhunting could go the way of black powder season, where muskets, wadding, balls and powder horns and ramrods were replaced with scoped, inline, breech-loaded rifles.
Competitors, all wearing the traditional garb of mountain men, were lining up for a muzzleloading smoothbore match, topping off powder horns and checking gear.
The collection also includes a rifle owned by Crockett, his leather shot pouch and a pair of powder horns Crockett is believed to have given to a Mexican officer before his death -- as well as muskets and musket balls that belonged to Mexican soldiers.
Dufour enjoyed designing and constructing leather pouches and powder horns.
Each chapter begins with a detailed essay and contains numerous tables, catalogues of items that are further divided into types and sub-types (for example, "powder horns (five kinds)." and "bullets (3 kinds)," of firearms, chapter seven).
I can almost feel the powder horns touching the tips of the muzzles.
Soldiers carried slung powder horns that dispensed the proper charge of powder, as well as (in the beginning) small, leather-covered horn priming flasks, secured in special pockets on the front of the tunic.