(1) Metal supports for logs in a fireplace
"The andirons were too hot to touch"
From of disputed origin. The ultimate source is probably }, } (compare Irish , Welsh , , Breton ), perhaps because calfs rather than dogs figured prominently on ancient firedogs.
- A utensil for supporting wood when burning in a fireplace, one being placed on each side; a firedog; as, a pair of andirons.