from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that forges and shapes iron with an anvil and hammer.
  • n. One that makes, repairs, and fits horseshoes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who forges iron.
  • n. A person who shoes horses; a farrier.
  • n. A blackish fish of the Pacific coast (Chromis or Heliastes punctipinnis).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A smith who works in iron with a forge, and makes iron utensils, horseshoes, etc.
  • n. A fish of the Pacific coast (Chromis punctipinnis, or Heliastes punctipinnis), of a blackish color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To follow the trade of a blacksmith; work as a blacksmith.
  • n. A smith who works in iron and makes iron utensils; an ironsmith; especially, in the United States, one who makes horseshoes and shoes horses.
  • n. [A translation of a native name.] In ornithology, a name of the bare-necked bell-bird of Brazil, Chasmorhynchus nudicollis.
  • n. In ichthyology, a pomacentroid fish, Chromis punctipinnis, having conical teeth in two or more rows in each jaw, a blackish color with violet luster above relieved by greenish edgings of some of the scales, and bluish-black fins with small brown spots. It is not uncommon along the southern coast of California.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a smith who forges and shapes iron with a hammer and anvil


From the color of iron.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
black (“color of iron”) +‎ smith (“related to smite”) (Wiktionary)


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