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[fahyuh r-woo d] /ˈfaɪərˌwʊd/
wood suitable for fuel.
Origin of firewood
First recorded in 1350-1400, firewood is from the Middle English word ferwode. See fire, wood1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There was a man in a certain town who used, till he was caught, to steal all his firewood.

  • The supply of firewood was gradually diminished; and so was the quantity of food.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
  • The Russian proverb says of the non-observant man, “He goes through the forest and sees no firewood.”

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Yes, I used it to pay for a cartload of firewood I bought from a peasant.

  • They therefore retired to some houses, where firewood and other supplies were found.

Word Origin and History for firewood

late 14c., from fire (n.) + wood (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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