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horn

, in zoology
horn, in zoology, one of a pair of structures projecting from the head of a hoofed animal, used chiefly as a weapon. In cattle, sheep, Old World antelopes, and related animals the horns are permanent and unbranched and are usually present in both sexes. They are composed of a sheath of keratin—a tough fibrous material derived from epithelial tissue—overlying a bony core projecting from the skull. In the deer family the branched structures, called antlers, are composed entirely of bone with no actual horn substance; they are usually present only in the male and are shed annually. The horns of the pronghorn have characteristics of both true horns and antlers. Rhinoceros horns are not true horn but greatly modified hair, derived entirely from the epidermis. Horns have long been used for many purposes, e.g., drinking cups, spoons, trumpets, containers for gunpowder, and combs. Carved pieces of horn have been found dating from prehistoric times. In art and religion horns symbolize power. The “horns of the altar” (Amos 3.14) symbolized divine protection. Hornlike protuberances appear on other animals, e.g., on the horned toad and the horned pout.
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antler

[′ant·lər]
(vertebrate zoology)
One of a pair of solid bony, usually branched outgrowths on the head of members of the deer family (Cervidae); shed annually.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

antler

one of a pair of bony outgrowths on the heads of male deer and some related species of either sex. The antlers are shed each year and those of some species grow more branches as the animal ages
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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Although unusually low nutritional condition had a measureable effect on delaying recruitment into the harvestable 50-inch antler class, we considered this delay (< 1 year) too small to warrant a change in our selective harvest strategy.
He saw a number of tine points sticking up in a field and thought he had found a huge nontypical antler.
We're all going to miss some sheds, that much we know--but to put in all those days and miles, only to fail to see an antler lying practically underfoot, is tough to swallow.
If you find an antler, intensify the search nearby for its mate.
Antler has drawn its inspiration from some of the world's top ski lodges.
Antler also looks for aspiring founders who work well in collaborative environments, as they will be able to grow their ideas with the flexibility and autonomy it provides.
I firmly believe that slot limits, much like fisheries biologists employ, will be the solution for those looking to maximize the antler potential of mature bucks.
Supercritical fluid extraction of monoamine oxidase inhibitor from antler velvet.
Although the dominance displaying function of antlers has some support in red deer (Bubenik 1983, Lincoln 1972, 1994), these studies were limited by the inability to manipulate antler size while controlling for allometrically related traits.
"We will divide each antler into four sections from top to bottom and study constituents and therapeutic effects of each part," pharmaceutical company Yuhan Corporation said.
All that's required are some warm rubber boots, a couple of sets of real antlers, a set of fake antlers (best for sensitive mouths of young dogs), a bottle of antler scent, a long line, and, of course, lots and lots of patience.