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[fahyuh r-woo d]
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  1. wood suitable for fuel.
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Origin of firewood

First recorded in 1350–1400, firewood is from the Middle English word ferwode. See fire, wood1
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Related Words for firewood

kindling, woodpile

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Contemporary Examples of firewood

Historical Examples of firewood

  • The early habitant was laying in his day's supply of firewood.

  • Children were gathering roots and thorn branches for firewood.

  • I 've seen him harness the donkey, and go off for a load of firewood.

    That Boy Of Norcott's

    Charles James Lever

  • Their families ate the birds, and the hencoop was split into firewood with a hatchet.

    Amy Foster

    Joseph Conrad

  • This place was used for the storage of firewood, but just now was almost empty.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp

    Edward Stratemeyer

Word Origin and History for firewood


late 14c., from fire (n.) + wood (n.).

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