hornbook

hornbook
a) A single page containing the alphabet, covered with a sheet of transparent horn, formerly used for teaching children to read.<ref name="ADPM-def">The [ American Dictionary of Printing and Bookmaking] by W.W. Pasko (1894)</ref>

Moth: Yes, yes. He teaches boys the hornbook.

b) A legal textbook that gives a basic overview of a particular area of law.

HORNBOOK, (horn-book) n. The first book of children, covered with horn to keep it unsoiled.


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  • hornbook — noun abstract on the law, analysis, analyzation, annotated text, capitulation, capsule, commentary, compendium, condensation, desk book, digest of the law, discourse on the law, dissection, dissertation on the law, encyclopedia, excursus,… …   Law dictionary

  • Hornbook — Horn book , n. 1. The first book for children, or that from which in former times they learned their letters and rudiments; so called because a sheet of horn covered the small, thin board of oak, or the slip of paper, on which the alphabet,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hornbook — [hôrn′book΄] n. 1. a sheet of parchment with the alphabet, a table of numbers, etc. on it, mounted on a small board with a handle and protected by a thin, transparent plate of horn: it was formerly used as a child s primer 2. an elementary… …   English World dictionary

  • Hornbook — A hornbook is a book that serves as primer for study. The hornbook originated in England in 1450 (Huey, Edmund Burke). The term has been applied to a few different study materials in different fields. In children s education, in the years before… …   Wikipedia

  • hornbook — /hawrn book /, n. 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.… …   Universalium

  • hornbook — A primer; a book explaining the basics, fundamentals or rudiments of any science or branch of knowledge. The phrase hornbook law is a colloquial designation of the rudiments or general principles of law. Popular reference to a series of textbooks …   Black's law dictionary

  • hornbook — A primer; a book explaining the basics, fundamentals or rudiments of any science or branch of knowledge. The phrase hornbook law is a colloquial designation of the rudiments or general principles of law. Popular reference to a series of textbooks …   Black's law dictionary

  • hornbook law — n. General principles of law that are widely known and not questioned; see also black letter law The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008. hornbook law …   Law dictionary

  • hornbook — noun Date: circa 1595 1. a child s primer consisting of a sheet of parchment or paper protected by a sheet of transparent horn 2. a rudimentary treatise …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hornbook — Synonyms and related words: abecedarium, abecedary, alphabet, alphabet book, and arithmetic, basics, battledore, casebook, elementary education, elements, exercise book, first principles, first steps, gradus, grammar, induction, initiation,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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