Definitions

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  • n. A forge in which wrought iron is made straight from ore.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A furnace and forge in which wrought iron in the form of blooms is made directly from the ore, or (more rarely) from cast iron.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An establishment in which wrought-iron is made by the direct process, that is, from the ore directly, or without having been first produced in the form of cast-iron.

Etymologies

From bloom (“metal, see etym.3”) +‎ -ery (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Bar iron from a local "bloomery" or perhaps "Sweet" (Swede) iron brought from Philadelphia furnished the material for nails, cut or forged by hand, horseshoes, plows, wagon tires, grain scythes, hinges, locks, etc.

    From the Cotton Field to the Cotton Mill: A Study of the Industrial Transition in North Carolina

  • To check the hypothesis for the bloomery smithing at Tekeli Tepe, we sampled fully preserved smithing cakes from this area to be sent to Belgium for detailed morphological study of the slag profile.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Survey Report 5

  • The whole place seemed one huge parterre of bloomery; even traders set bouquets in every shop and stall, and the scented air was heavy with perfume.

    Arabian nights. English

  • The Woodlawn Forge, on Staley's Creek near the middle of the Crockett Tract, was built in 1857 by Mr. John P. Wright, and is a bloomery just like the others so common southwestward in these mountains, with one fire and one hammer and water blast; and run like them, by fits and starts, with a very small yearly yield.

    Transactions of the American Philosophical Society

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