chafery

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chafery (plural chaferies)

  1. An open furnace or forge, in which blooms are heated before being wrought into bars.
    • 1957, H. R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, p. 224
      The open hearths of finery and chafery are surmounted each by a huge chimney.