andiron

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English anderne, aunderne, aundyre, from Old French aundire, aundirne, andire, andirne (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.

Noun[edit]

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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