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hibachi

[hi-bah-chee] /hɪˈbɑ tʃi/
noun
1.
a small Japanese-style charcoal brazier covered with a grill, usually used for outdoor cooking.
Origin of hibachi
1860-1865
1860-65; < Japanese, equivalent to hi fire (earlier fi(y) < *poi) +-bachi combining form of hachi pot, earlier fati < Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese monk's bowl; perhaps < Pali patta < Sanskrit pā́tra drinking vessel
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  • 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.

    Japanese Fairy Tales

    Grace James
  • 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.

    Japanese Fairy Tales

    Grace James
  • You know the natives use little stoves that they carry around with them, and call "hibachi."

    Lady of the Decoration Frances Little
  • It was as neat as wax and furnished with an hibachi on which to cook, a tanstu in which to store their clothes.

    A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
  • The old fellows, heroes of the Genwa and Kwanei periods, were gathered close to a hibachi.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • Close beside her was the hibachi, its burden of the hard burning charcoal from Ikéda now a bright cherry red.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • hibachi, andon (night lamp), the single garment she wore, this was all she possessed in the house.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari James S. De Benneville
British Dictionary definitions for hibachi

hibachi

/hɪˈbɑːtʃɪ/
noun
1.
a portable brazier for heating and cooking food
Word Origin
from Japanese, from hi fire + bachi bowl
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Word Origin and History for hibachi
n.

1863, from Japanese hibachi "firepot," from hi "fire" + bachi, hachi "bowl, pot," which Watkins derives ultimately from Sanskrit patram "cup, bowl."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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