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firedog

[fahyuh r-dawg, -dog] /ˈfaɪərˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/
noun, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
1.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; fire + dog
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firedog

/ˈfaɪəˌdɒɡ/
noun
1.
either of a pair of decorative metal stands used to support logs in an open fire
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andiron

one of a pair of horizontal iron bars upon which wood is supported in an open fireplace. The oldest of fireplace furnishings, andirons were used widely from the Late Iron Age. The andiron stands on short legs and usually has a vertical guard bar at the front to prevent logs from rolling off, thus giving it a somewhat doglike appearance (hence the alternative name, firedog). It was ordinarily fitted with a guard at each end when intended for use in a central open hearth, which went out of general use in the late 14th century. The guard was often cast in the form of a statue or with elaborate decoration. Plain andirons, called cobirons, with ratcheted guards holding brackets for spits, were used in the kitchen.

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