from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of a pair of metal supports used for holding up logs in a fireplace. Also called dog; also called regionally dog iron, firedog.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A utensil for supporting wood when burning in a fireplace, one being placed on each side; a firedog; as, a pair of andirons.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A utensil for supporting wood when burning in a fireplace, one being placed on each side; a firedog.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a pair of metallic stands used to support wood burned on an open hearth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. metal supports for logs in a fireplace
Middle English aundiren, alteration (influenced by Middle English iren, iron) of Old French andier, of Celtic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English anderne (aunderne, aundyre), from Old French andier (mod. landier), from Gaulish anderon 'calf' (compare Irish ainnir 'young woman', Welsh anner 'heifer, cow-calf', enderig 'bull-calf, ox', Breton annoar 'heifer, cow-calf'), because calves rather than dogs figured prominently on ancient Celtic firedogs. Altered in form under the unfluence of iron. (Wiktionary)