- a small blast furnace for smelting lead.
Origin of ore hearth
First recorded in 1815–25
Also called Scotch furnace, Scotch hearth.
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Examples from the Web for ore hearth
Lead ores are smelted in the reverberatory furnace, the ore-hearth, and the blast-furnace.