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.
andiron (plural andirons)
- 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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