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curling iron

or curling irons

a rod, usually of metal, used when heated for curling the hair, which is twined around it.
Also called curling tongs.
Origin of curling iron
1625-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I was a-doing of my hair in the kitchen with the curling-iron, when down comes Miss Julia.

    Fan W.H. Hudson (AKA Henry Harford)
  • I desired a curling-iron; so I borrowed a big silver dollar of a friend, and hastened away to the largest dry-goods shop.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • A baseboard or wall outlet is convenient for connecting a heater, curling-iron, and other electrically heated devices.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • "Any woman who has a conscience like that ought to cauterize it—with a curling-iron—and get rid of it," he observed dryly.

    Amazing Grace Kate Trimble Sharber
  • There was something indescribably touching in that curling-iron and those two mugs.

    Your United States Arnold Bennett
  • The curling-iron holder shown in the sketch can be made of metal tubing having the size to fit both iron and gas jet.

  • She had made a hasty attempt with a curling-iron, and burned her finger and much hair.

    Flappers and Philosophers F. Scott Fitzgerald

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