- one of a pair of metal stands, usually of iron or brass, for holding logs in a fireplace.
Origin of andiron
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Examples from the Web for andiron
He hit it against the andiron to knock the ashes off, and plunged it into the mixture.Ben Comee</p>
M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
He was looking at the elevated portions of the andiron which were invisible to me.The Sleuth of St. James's Square
Melville Davisson Post
An andiron, a wash-tub, is the result of an idea that did not exist before.Mark Twain's Speeches
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Fastening the frame to the andiron is done with a stud and bolt.
The stand is finished to correspond with the andiron and fire tools.
- another name for firedog
Word Origin and History for andiron
c.1300, from Old French andier, of unknown origin, perhaps from Gaulish *andero- "a young bull" (cf. Welsh anner "heifer"), which would make sense if they once had bull's heads cast onto them. Altered by influence of Middle English iren (see iron (n.)).