- a small Japanese-style charcoal brazier covered with a grill, usually used for outdoor cooking.
Origin of hibachi
1860–65; < Japanese, equivalent to hi fire (earlier fi(y) < *poi) +-bachi combining form of hachi pot, earlier fati < Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese bō monk's bowl; perhaps < Pali patta < Sanskrit pā́tra drinking vessel
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Examples from the Web for hibachi
They covered the fire of the hibachi and caused a darkness in which they stole away.The Way of the Gods
John Luther Long
The kitchen knife was close at hand on the brazier (hibachi).The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari
James S. De Benneville
He hung over the live charcoal of the hibachi as one in a dream.
Then she sat down close to a hibachi, her back against the wall.The House of the Misty Star
Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
That very night the holy man filled the kettle with water from the spring and set it on the hibachi to boil for his cup of tea.
- a portable brazier for heating and cooking food
from Japanese, from hi fire + bachi bowl
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Word Origin and History for hibachi
1863, from Japanese hibachi "firepot," from hi "fire" + bachi, hachi "bowl, pot," which Watkins derives ultimately from Sanskrit patram "cup, bowl."
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