from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Scrapings or raspings of the antlers of deer.
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I have noticed that one of the shrewdest gardeners invariably composts horn-shavings and bone-meal with horse-manure several months before expecting to use it.
It is far more valuable as nitric acid or ammonia, because it will act quicker, and if I wanted hair, woollen rags, horn-shavings, etc.,