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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Made of horn or a hornlike substance; horny.

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  • adj. Containing a horny substance; horny.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of a texture resembling horn; horny; hard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Horny; like horn; consisting of a horny substance, or a substance resembling horn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. made of horn (or of a substance resembling horn)


From Latin corneus, from corn┼ź, horn; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • WildBirdontheFly asked for Twittered bird-related poems that included the word "corneous" I thought of the bark of this tree and the White-headed Woodpeckers I saw there.

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  • The endosperm is usually white and floury as in normal maize, but in some types the outer portion is hard and corneous, as in popcorn.

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  • As with popcorn, the best popping types usually have small grains with a dense, "glassy" (corneous) endosperm that traps steam until the pressure builds to explosive levels.

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  • The winter wheats are, as a rule, more soft and starchy than the spring wheats, which are usually corneous or flinty to different degrees.

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  • Omia: the shoulders: the lateral anterior angles of an agglutinated thorax, when they are distinct: = see umbone: in Coleoptera; a corneous sclerite to which the muscles of the anterior coxa are attached; also the lateral margin of the prothorax; also the lateral margin of the scutellum in Carabids and Dytiscids.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Episternites: the upper pair of corneous appendages forming the ovipositor in grasshoppers.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Armature: applied to the spinous or chitinous processes on the legs, body or wings; or the corneous parts of genitalic structures.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Peritreme: the corneous selerite surrounding a spiracle.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Ossicula: small corneous pieces that serve in the articulation of the wings to the thorax.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Harpes: the lateral pieces of the male genitalia in Lepidoptera, used as clasping organs: also applied to the corneous hooks often borne by these lateral pieces, which are then termed valves; see clasper: in culicids an articulated process, sometimes jointed, at the base of inner side of side-piece, below and exterior to the harpagones.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology


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