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hearth (noun) – 1. (a). The floor of a fireplace, usually extending into a room and paved with brick, flagstone, or cement.
(b). A fireplace.
2. Family life; the home.
3. Metallurgy
a. The lowest part of a blast furnace or cupola, from which the molten metal flows.
b. The bottom of a reverberatory furnace, where ore is exposed to the flame.
4. The fireplace or brazier of a blacksmith’s forge.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Modern English hearth closely resembles Old English heorth and has kindred forms throughout Germanic: Old Frisian herth, Old High German herth, Old Saxon herth, German Herd, and Dutch haard. There are other words outside Germanic that are not so obviously related (perhaps not related at all), such as Latin carbō (stem carbon-) “coal (dead or burning), charcoal.” Hearth dates from the Old English period.

 


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