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andiron

[ and-ahy-ern ]

noun

  1. one of a pair of metal stands, usually of iron or brass, for holding logs in a fireplace.


andiron

/ ˈændˌaɪən /

noun

  1. another name for firedog


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Word History and Origins

Origin of andiron1

1250–1300; Middle English aundyr ( n ) e, Anglo-French aundyre, with the 2nd syllable taken as Middle English ire, iren iron < Old French andier, allegedly < Gaulish *anderos young animal (through known use of animals’ heads as decorations on andirons), though supposed relation between this word and Middle Welsh anneir, Breton annoer heifer, Old Irish ainder young woman, poses serious phonetic problems
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Word History and Origins

Origin of andiron1

C14: from Old French andier, of unknown origin; influenced by iron
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Example Sentences

Moodily he stood there, one hand on the high mantel shelf, one foot upon an andiron, his eyes upon the flames.

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.

The dog stretched himself before one andiron; the cat squat down before the other.

Chenet is the French expression, an andiron, or dog-iron, as it is sometimes called.

A mug of cider stood near one andiron; leaning against the other was a flat stone,—the Squire's "Simon."

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