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andiron

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EtymologyEdit

Middle English anderne, aunderne, aundyre, from Old French aundire, aundirne, andire, andirne (compare French landier), possibly from Gaulish anderon (heifer) (compare Welsh anner, annair (heifer), Breton annoar (heifer)), from Proto-Celtic *anderā (young woman), due either to their somewhat animal-like appearance of four legs or to the prominent figuring of bull and heifer design elements; compare its alternative names of fire-dog and dog-iron. Spelling influenced by iron.

NounEdit

andiron (plural andirons)

  1. A utensil for supporting wood when burning in a fireplace, one being placed on each side; a firedog; as, a pair of andirons.

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