oast

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From Middle English ost, from Old English āst (a kiln), from Proto-Germanic *aistaz (kiln), from *aisǭ (fire), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eydʰ- (to burn; fire). Cognate with Dutch eest (kiln), Middle Low German eiste (kiln), Latin aedes (house; hearth), Old English ād (fire; funeral pyre).

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oast (plural oasts)

  1. (Britain) a kiln for drying tobacco, malt and especially hops

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