a person who makes horseshoes and shoes horses.
a person who forges objects of iron.
a blackish damselfish, Chromis punctipinnis, inhabiting coastal waters off southern California.

1250–1300; Middle English; see black (in reference to iron or black metal), smith1; cf. whitesmith Unabridged
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blacksmith (ˈblækˌsmɪθ)
an artisan who works iron with a furnace, anvil, hammer, etc
[C14: see black, smith]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from black + smith. Listed in royal ordinance (along with bladesmiths, spurriers and goldbeaters). Those who work in heated, heavy metals as opposed to those who beat gold, tin, or pewter (whitesmith).
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craftsman who fabricates objects out of iron by hot and cold forging on an anvil. Blacksmiths who specialized in the forging of shoes for horses were called farriers. The term blacksmith derives from iron, formerly called "black metal," and farrier from the Latin ferrum, "iron."

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Example sentences
The metaphor is taken from a blacksmith working a piece of iron, say a
  horse-shoe, into shape.
Find a blacksmith to fix a damaged chain,which was the main driving mechanism.
Large plantations were self-sufficient and included blacksmith, kitchen,
  carpentry and barn structures.
Tourists can also explore the blacksmith shop and barn on the property.
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