coal scuttle

A coal scuttle is a box or bin that coal is kept in. It's uncommon today, but when homes were often heated with coal fires, the extra coal would be kept in a coal scuttle near the stove.

Long ago, it wasn't unusual to add coal from a coal scuttle to a fire that warmed your home. When trains ran on coal, they needed constant burning fires and a coal scuttle from which stokers could feed them. As coal fuel becomes less common, coal scuttles are also increasingly unusual. The scuttle part of the word comes from the Old English scutel, "dish or platter," from the Latin scutella, "serving platter."

Definitions of coal scuttle
  1. noun
    container for coal; shaped to permit pouring the coal onto the fire
    synonyms: scuttle
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    type of:
    container
    any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
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