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[hi-bah-chee] /hɪˈbɑ tʃi/
a small Japanese-style charcoal brazier covered with a grill, usually used for outdoor cooking.
Origin of hibachi
1860-65; < Japanese, equivalent to hi fire (earlier fi(y) < *poi) +-bachi combining form of hachi pot, earlier fati < Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese monk's bowl; perhaps < Pali patta < Sanskrit pā́tra drinking vessel Unabridged
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  • You know the natives use little stoves that they carry around with them, and call "hibachi."

    Lady of the Decoration Frances Little
  • They covered the fire of the hibachi and caused a darkness in which they stole away.

    The Way of the Gods John Luther Long
  • The father filled his pipe, lighted it at the hibachi, and began to smoke, as hundreds more were doing all round them.

  • Then she sat down close to a hibachi, her back against the wall.

    The House of the Misty Star Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
  • The kitchen knife was close at hand on the brazier (hibachi).

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari James S. De Benneville
  • That very night the holy man filled the kettle with water from the spring and set it on the hibachi to boil for his cup of tea.

    Japanese Fairy Tales Grace James
  • That is all—except the smoking-box (hibachi) in the middle of the room, surrounded by kneeling-cushions.

  • It was as neat as wax and furnished with an hibachi on which to cook, a tanstu in which to store their clothes.

    A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
  • As Kibei recovered she sprang by him and over the hibachi, seeking the safety of the stairs now open to her.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari James S. De Benneville
  • The old fellows, heroes of the Genwa and Kwanei periods, were gathered close to a hibachi.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
British Dictionary definitions for hibachi


a portable brazier for heating and cooking food
Word Origin
from Japanese, from hi fire + bachi bowl
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Word Origin and History for hibachi

1863, from Japanese hibachi "firepot," from hi "fire" + bachi, hachi "bowl, pot," which Watkins derives ultimately from Sanskrit patram "cup, bowl."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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