forestone

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From fore- +‎ stone.

Noun[edit]

forestone (plural forestones)

  1. (metallurgy, Northern England, Scotland) A piece of cast-iron which lies across the hearth with its ends resting between the keystones, and which can be moved toward the front or back of the hearth as required. It is a part of the small rectangular furnace called the "ore-hearth," used in the smelting of lead.