- one of a pair of metal stands, usually of iron or brass, for holding logs in a fireplace.
Origin of andiron
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Examples from the Web for andiron
Historical Examples of andiron
He hit it against the andiron to knock the ashes off, and plunged it into the mixture.Ben Comee
M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
He was looking at the elevated portions of the andiron which were invisible to me.The Sleuth of St. James's Square
Melville Davisson Post
An andiron, a wash-tub, is the result of an idea that did not exist before.Mark Twain's Speeches
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Fastening the frame to the andiron is done with a stud and bolt.
The stand is finished to correspond with the andiron and fire tools.
- another name for firedog
Word Origin for andiron
c.1300, from Old French andier, of unknown origin, perhaps from Gaulish *andero- "a young bull" (cf. Welsh anner "heifer"), which would make sense if they once had bull's heads cast onto them. Altered by influence of Middle English iren (see iron (n.)).