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

  • n. Upstate New York, Northern Pennsylvania, & Western New England See shivaree. See Regional Note at shivaree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of horn.
  • n. The activity of blowing the horn of a train
  • n. The appearance of the Moon when increasing, or in the form of a crescent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Appearance of the moon when increasing, or in the form of a crescent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The appearance of the crescent moon.
  • n. A mock serenade with tin horns and other discordant instruments, performed either in humorous congratulation, as of a newly married couple, or as a manifestation of public disapproval, as of some obnoxious person.
  • n. Public proclamation by the blowing of a horn; specifically, same as letters of horning.
  • n. See horn, n., 4 .

Etymologies

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

Probably because horns are blown at the shivaree.

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