Horn (anatomy)

weapon of some animals, hornlike growths excluding antlers and ossicones

Horns are part of the body of some animals. They grow on the animal's head. They are projections (things that stick out) made of hard skin. The horn has a lot of keratin in it, the same protein that is in human hair and nails.

Highland cow, a very old long-horned breed from Scotland.
Musical instrument.

Normally horned animals will have two horns, but the rhinoceros has just one horn in the middle of its head.

Animals often use their horns for fighting one another.

Thousands of years ago people used the horns of dead animals for musical instruments (see horn (postal horn)). In later times, they were used for carrying gunpowder.

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  • Antlers, structures similar to horns