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a freestanding front-loading fireplace or oven with a bulbous body and a usu. Vertical smoke vent or chimney

Chimeneas used to be clay, but now they are made in other materials, such as cast iron.
Word Origin

Spanish ‘chimney’

“free-standing fireplace,” 20c., from Mexican Spanish, literally “chimney,” from Spanish, ultimately from Latin caminata (see chimney).


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