hartshorn


noun

  1. the antler of a hart, formerly used as a source of ammonia.
  2. ammonium carbonate.

noun

  1. an obsolete name for sal volatile (def. 2)
n.

“ammonium carbonate,” Old English heortes hornes, from hart + horn (n.). So called because a main early source of ammonia was the antlers of harts.

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