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Meaning of HORNBOOK

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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,
   digits, and often the Lord's Prayer, were written or
   printed; a primer. ``He teaches boys the hornbook.''

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

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