American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To remove the horns from.
- v. To prevent growth in the horns of (cattle, for example), as by cauterization.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To remove the horns from (domestic cattle). Two tools are used in the operation, a saw and a clipper. The saw has a narrow web held in a frame and resembles a butcher's saw; the clipper has a chisel-shaped knife which moves in guides and is operated by a rack and segments controlled by a pivoted handle.
- To saw off the ends of logs bearing the owner's mark and to put on a new mark.
- v. transitive To remove the horns from.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To deprive of horns; to prevent the growth of the horns of (cattle) by burning their ends soon after they start. See dishorn.
- v. take the horns off (an animal)
- v. prevent the growth of horns of certain animals
- de- + horn (Wiktionary)
“The drug of choice was "dehorn" - denatured alcohol.”
“(Early Lakota women owned property, kept their maiden names after marriage and could 'dehorn' a man who wanted to become a tribal leader, said Black Bear, a founding mother of the national and South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.”
““Dehorned” may be a misnomer in many cases as the young calves typically have not started growing their horns yet – it is the growth ring that is cauterized (which is, by the way, probably the most frequent way to “dehorn”).”
“A number of owners have begun to dehorn rhinos so they no longer have value, and one caused international outrage by suggesting that horns be injected with poison as the ultimate deterrent.”
“Not enough space really, no forests, no mountain meadows full of wildflowers, but no hairy warriors looking to dehorn us either.”
“I would like to do ranch work up in Montana, dig postholes in frozen ground, shave sheep with electric barber clippers, dehorn cows, wring the necks of chickens and shuck their feathers in pots of scalding water, shovel boxcar loads of green horse manure in one-hundred-degree heat.”
“It is believed, however, that the common practice in top-working pecan, hickory, and walnut has been to dehorn too severely.”
“It is not advisable to attempt to dehorn a number of adult cattle if the operator is not well equipped for the work.”
“In most localities there are men who are well equipped to dehorn cattle, and able to perform this operation for a very moderate fee.”
“It is a good time to dehorn them when about one year old, as they will be more peaceful subsequently than if the horns had never been allowed to grow.”
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