Lexicon:Fenum habent in cornu

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Citation: fenum habent in cornu
Language: Latin
References: Master and Commander, page 344
Meaning: lit.: they have hay on the horn


Horace, Satires 1. The hay was used on oxen inclined to gore people, as both a padding and visible 'danger sign'; Horace uses the phrase (with the singular habet) to mean 'he's a dangerous man'. Maturin's use of this quotation is also a clever pun on the 'cuckold's horn' in respect of Admiral Harte.

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