blacksmith

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Etymology[edit]

black (color of iron) +‎ smith (related to smite)

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blacksmith (plural blacksmiths)

  1. A person who forges iron.
    • Howell
      The blacksmith may forge what he pleases.
  2. (informal) A person who shoes horses; a farrier.
  3. A blackish fish of the Pacific coast (Chromis or Heliastes punctipinnis).

Usage notes[edit]

Historically, blacksmiths in small communities have played a number of other roles, including farrier, wainwright and wheelwright. However, blacksmithing properly refers to the forging of iron, and blacksmiths and farriers themselves make the distinction.

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