powder horn

(redirected from powder horns)
Also found in: Thesaurus.

powder horn

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

powder horn

n
(Historical Terms) a powder flask consisting of the hollow horn of an animal

pow′der horn`


n.
a flask for gunpowder made from the horn of a cow or ox.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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)
Translations

powder horn

nPulverhorn nt
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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.
If you look closely at paintings--historically accurate ones, at least--of colonial-era frontiersmen, soldiers, scouts and Indians, they all have a rifle or musket, powder horns and a possibles bag.
All the same, the mountain men would have loved having "preformed charges" to run downbore rather than dealing with powder horns and loose propellant in the face of impending doom.
Put together by local man Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert Ormerod Spence and covering the period between 1600 to 1914, the collection also includes rare rapiers, carved powder horns and war hammers.
In 1733, when preparing to move to his new house in Whitehall, he commissioned an inventory marked up with the condition of the furniture and furnishings ('One marble Table with a black Frame' is annotated 'frame rotten') and their destination (two presses from the bedchamber containing powder horns, flasks and sword belts were to be sent to the 'Newhouse').