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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Inkhorn(e, n. Also: ink horne, inkorne, yncorne. [ME. ynkorne (1463), inkehorne (c 1440), enk-horn (1382).] An ink-horn. a1500 Henr. Fab. 1350.
[Aesop with] Ane inkhorne, with ane prettie gilt pennair
1501 Treas. Acc. II. 25.
For ane penhorne and inkhorne to the King
1561 Crim. Trials I. 416.
Ane penner and yncorne
1562 Edinb. B. Deeds 63.
Ane penner & ink horne
1581 Edinb. Test. IX. 185 b.
Sex gros of inkhornes
1632 Ib. LVI. 23.
Puitche inkhornis
1663–6 Household Bks. Archb. Sharp 27.
For a poket inkhorne
comb. 1700 Edinb. Marriages 450.
Peter Mansfield, inkhorn turner

Also attrib. in penn & inkorne terme, a bookish term. (e.m.E. (1543-) inkhorn term). 1598 James VI Basil. Doron 179/9.
In youre langage be plaine ... escheuing baith the extremities alsueill in not using a rusticall corrupt leid, nor yett booke langage & penn & inkorne termes

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