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[lahym-kil, -kiln] /ˈlaɪmˌkɪl, -ˌkɪln/
a kiln or furnace for making lime by calcining limestone or shells.
Origin of limekiln
First recorded in 1250-1300, limekiln is from the Middle English word limkilne. See lime1, kiln Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I ache as if I had been beaten to a jelly, and I am as thirsty as a—as a limekiln.

  • I feel like a—a—boiled owl; my head is aching as though it would split, and my mouth is as dry as a limekiln.

  • I am going to see Inchegora after breakfast; a very important mission, touching a limekiln in dispute there.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • Then up in the morning in jolly good time to get the limekiln workers on the job by seven.

  • I knew very well, however, that the appointed place was the little sluice-house by the limekiln on the marshes, and the hour nine.

    Great Expectations Charles Dickens
  • I left her for dead, and if there had been a limekiln as nigh her as there is now nigh you, she shouldn't have come to life again.

    Great Expectations Charles Dickens
  • limekiln-lane, now Lime-street, was so called from the limekiln that stood on the site of the present Skelhorn-street.

  • They were like men who had crept into a limekiln for warmth, and by mischance were stupefied by the fumes and were being roasted.

    The Red River Half-Breed Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for limekiln


a kiln in which calcium carbonate is calcined to produce quicklime
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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