chim·​i·​nea | \ ˌchi-mə-ˈnā-ə How to pronounce chiminea (audio) , -ˈnē- \
plural chimineas

Definition of chiminea

: a freestanding earthenware or metal fireplace that in its typical form has a bulbous body which is open in the front and is topped by an elongated chimney Custom fireplaces, portable freestanding fire pits, and chimineas, long a staple on southern California patios, are finding their way to the Northeastern states …— Peter Walsh, This Old House, May 2003

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First Known Use of chiminea

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chiminea

borrowed from Spanish, “fireplace, hearth, chimney,” borrowed from Middle French cheminée

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“Chiminea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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