One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who kindles or feeds a fire, a stoker.
An instrument for extinguishing a fire by beating it down repeatedly, typically consisting of a wide flap of leather or other material attached to a long handle.
Middle English; earliest use found in Lay Subsidy Roll. From fire + beet + -er, in later use with remodelling of the second element after beater<br>late 19th century; earliest use found in The Month: an illustrated magazine of literature, science and art. From fire + beater.
fire beater/ˈfʌɪə ˌbiːtə/
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