from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bed of ashes; specifically, in geology, a greatly decomposed amygdaloidal basalt on Keweenaw Point, Michigan, which is locally impregnated with native copper.
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An obscure form bent over an ash-bed and fumbled something.
But they are gradually laying aside the skillet and the ash-bed for the cooking-stove and the range, and the colored housewives are becoming experts in the culinary art.