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rhinoceros horn

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Definition of rhinoceros horn in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A mass of keratinized fibres that comprises the horn of a rhinoceros, reputed in Eastern medicine to have medicinal or aphrodisiac powers.
Example sentences
  • For ecological reasons, water buffalo or cow horn is often used as a substitute but in much higher dosage up to 30 grams, because it is weaker than rhinoceros horn.
  • In Eastern Asian countries, powdered rhinoceros horn is used as a remedy for many ills, including nosebleeds, headaches, diphtheria and food poisoning.
  • During the Middle Ages there were all kinds of crazy ideas, such as that a piece of rhinoceros horn would increase potency.

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