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box iron

noun
  1. a flatiron that is heated by inserting live coals or a piece of hot metal in its boxlike holder.
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Origin of box iron

First recorded in 1735–45
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for box iron

Historical Examples

  • When it has absorbed the steam, and while wet, iron it with a box-iron.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework

    Isabella Beeton

  • Thinking of her future absence, mother turned away and cried; and the box-iron singed the blanket.

    Lorna Doone

    R. D. Blackmore