air brick

noun

chiefly British
: a hollowed or perforated brick or a metal box of brick size with grated sides used for ventilation
the use of air bricks to help prevent the buildup of damp
Last Friday January 14, the group of students were touring the Village and Monarch redevelopment site when they expressed their concerns over the loss of ornamental air bricks among the terraced houses on Lower Rockview Street.Belfast Telegraph, 20 Jan. 2011

Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of air brick was in 1835

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“Air brick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/air%20brick. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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