hornbook

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hornbook \Horn"book'\, noun

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, digits, and often the Lord's Prayer, were written or printed; a primer. "He teaches boys the hornbook." --Shak.

2. A book containing the rudiments of any science or branch of knowledge; a manual; a handbook.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

hornbook

noun

1: a primer that provides instruction in the rudiments or basic skills of a branch of knowledge

1. Caduceus  2. Golden Key  3. Scales of Justice (Or maybe, 1. HEALTH 2. SECURITY 3. JUSTICE?)

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