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1A piece of iron or steel shaped for the purpose of striking fire with a flint. Now rare.
2In plural Implements for tending a fire, usually comprising a shovel, tongs, and poker. Also in singular: any of these implements.
Middle English; earliest use found in St. Brendan. From fire + iron.
fire iron/ˈfʌɪə ˌʌɪən/
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