a mine entrance and the surrounding area.

1830–40; pit1 + head

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pithead (ˈpɪtˌhɛd)
the top of a mine shaft and the buildings, hoisting gear, etc, situated around it

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Typically, engineers seal only the pithead and other channels that connect with the surface.
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