Definition of rasp house in English:

rasp house

noun

historical
  • Originally and chiefly in the Low Countries: a house of correction in which (chiefly male) prisoners were employed in hard labour, especially in rasping wood.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Mercurius Politicus. From rasp + house, after Dutch rasphuis.

Pronunciation

rasp house

/ˈrɑːsp haʊs//ˈrasp haʊs/