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oast

[ ohst ]

noun

, Chiefly British.
  1. a kiln for drying hops or malt.


oast

/ əʊst /

noun

  1. a kiln for drying hops
  2. Also calledoast house a building containing such kilns, usually having a conical or pyramidal roof


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Word History and Origins

Origin of oast1

before 1050; Middle English ost, Old English āst; cognate with Dutch eest

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Word History and Origins

Origin of oast1

Old English āst; related to Old Norse eisa fire

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Example Sentences

I listened to it sitting in the hop-oast, whose tower, like a castle turret, overlooks and domineers the yard.

The farmers have been drying their damp wheat in the oast-houses over charcoal fires, and wages are lowered, and men discharged.

The road which we were using ran at right angles into a better-class way by the side of an old oast-house.

As we drew up at the fatal corner, the others came out of the oast-house to see what was making the noise.

“Oast-houses, where they dry the hops over a fire on horse-hair sheets,” said Mercer.

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