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



blacksmith ‎(plural blacksmiths)

  1. A person who forges iron.
    • James Howell (c.1594–1666)
      The blacksmith may forge what he pleases.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapterII:
      Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. []. Ikey the blacksmith had forged us a spearhead after a sketch from a picture of a Greek warrior; and a rake-handle served as a shaft.
  2. (informal) A person who shoes horses; a farrier.
  3. A blackish fish of the Pacific coast (Chromis or Heliastes punctipinnis).

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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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