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one of a pair of metal stands, usually of iron or brass, for holding logs in a fireplace.
Historical Examples

Chenet is the French expression, an andiron, or dog-iron, as it is sometimes called.
The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 76, February, 1864 Various

He hit it against the andiron to knock the ashes off, and plunged it into the mixture.
Ben Comee M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan

To shape the feet of the andiron: The drawing shows the shape and length the legs should be.
The Library of Work and Play: Working in Metals Charles Conrad Sleffel

An andiron, a wash-tub, is the result of an idea that did not exist before.
Mark Twain’s Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

The officials, seeing the marvellous work that he had put into it, sent the money to his shop; and he sent them the other andiron.
Lives of the Most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects Giorgio Vasari

Fastening the frame to the andiron is done with a stud and bolt.
The Library of Work and Play: Working in Metals Charles Conrad Sleffel

He approached Gringoire, who appeared to be plunged in a profound revery, with his feet on an andiron.
Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo

The stand is finished to correspond with the andiron and fire tools.
The Library of Work and Play: Working in Metals Charles Conrad Sleffel

He was looking at the elevated portions of the andiron which were invisible to me.
The Sleuth of St. James’s Square Melville Davisson Post

Carl knocked his pipe empty on the knob of an andiron, sank deeper into his chair, and began to speak slowly.
The Plastic Age Percy Marks

another name for firedog

c.1300, from Old French andier, of unknown origin, perhaps from Gaulish *andero- “a young bull” (cf. Welsh anner “heifer”), which would make sense if they once had bull’s heads cast onto them. Altered by influence of Middle English iren (see iron (n.)).


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