andiron


noun

  1. one of a pair of metal stands, usually of iron or brass, for holding logs in a fireplace.

noun

  1. another name for firedog
n.

c.1300, from Old French andier, of unknown origin, perhaps from Gaulish *andero- “a young bull” (cf. Welsh anner “heifer”), which would make sense if they once had bull’s heads cast onto them. Altered by influence of Middle English iren (see iron (n.)).

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