climbing iron


: a steel framework with spikes attached that may be affixed to one's boots for climbing something (such as a pole or tree)

Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of climbing iron was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Climbing iron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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