hornbook, horn-book (n.) Old form(s): hornebooke , Horne-booke
[teaching device] leaf of paper, protected by a piece of thin horn, showing the letters of the alphabet and other information
LLL V.i.45[Mote to Armado, of Holofernes] He teaches boys the horn-book
TNK II.ii.42[Third Countryman to the others, of the Schoolmaster] He'll eat a hornbook ere he fail

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