Origin of andiron
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for andiron
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
Fire tools form part of the andiron set and are used for grate fires or open hearth fires of either coal or wood.
The dog stretched himself before one andiron; the cat squat down before the other.The Portland Sketch Book|Various
Andiron, and′ī-urn, n. the iron bars which support the ends of the logs in a wood fire, or in which a spit turns.
Notice that the last two links show an opening just wide enough to allow them to be slipped into the rings of the andiron.
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.)).