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

  • n. A small storehouse constructed over a spring and used to keep food cool.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small building constructed over a spring, formerly used for refrigeration.


spring +‎ house (Wiktionary)


  • The springhouse was a little lumpy adobe building, so cool on the inside that Augustus would have been tempted to live in it had it not been for its popularity with black widows, yellow jackets and centipedes.

    Lonesome Dove

  • Marsali and Bree were bringing down jugs of it from the springhouse, where it had been cooling, along with buttermilk and beer.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • The sky was still light, but only just, as I came down past the springhouse and into the backyard.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • We'd put him in the springhouse to keep cool with the butter and eggs, and Bree and Malva had done their best, packing the body with moss to absorb liquids, adding as many strongly aromatic herbs as they could find, then wrapping the unsavory package in a deer's hide, bound with rawhide strips in the Indian fashion.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Mrs. Bug was, emerging from the springhouse; I waved to her and she gestured enthusiastically in welcome, though hampered by a pail of milk in one hand, a bucket of eggs in the other, a crock of butter under one arm, and a large chunk of cheese tucked neatly underneath her chin.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Below it at the base of the slope which led to the springhouse, and the one most productive field of the farm, were ranged all the dilapidated buildings which more than anything else about the place bespoke the meager material condition to which the family had fallen.

    An American Tragedy

  • After Ada put the milk in the springhouse she returned to the field, where the fire still burned slowly, falling into ash.

    Cold Mountain

  • Outbuildings — smokehouse, can house, springhouse, henhouse, corncrib — bordered a space of packed earth like a courtyard.

    Cold Mountain

  • Ruby cut the heads off three chickens, for the yard was now so full of chicks they could hardly walk to the springhouse without stepping on one, and the population was such that they could anticipate a sufficiency of capons soon.

    Cold Mountain

  • And then from the springhouse a pair of dark-headed boy children emerged.

    Cold Mountain


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