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  1. a receptacle in the bottom of a fireplace, under a barbecue, or the like, for the accumulation of ashes.
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Origin of ashpit

First recorded in 1790–1800; ash1 + pit1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for ashpit

Historical Examples of ashpit

  • His having lived six months in Ashpit Place was a case in point.

    The Way of All Flesh

    Samuel Butler

  • He knew that here he was not on his own ashpit, as they say in the Five Towns.

    The Regent

    E. Arnold Bennett

  • Henery gazed into the ashpit, and smiled volumes of ironical knowledge.

  • Draught is regulated in the ashpit by opening or closing the bottom door of the furnace and by the damper on the smoke shaft.

  • There is a heavy hand-hewn stone sink and a copper caldron with its own firebox and ashpit.

    Seaport in Virginia

    Gay Montague Moore