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- a flatiron that is heated by inserting live coals or a piece of hot metal in its boxlike holder.
Origin of box iron
First recorded in 1735–45
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for box iron
When it has absorbed the steam, and while wet, iron it with a box-iron.
Thinking of her future absence, mother turned away and cried; and the box-iron singed the blanket.