oast

noun
\ ˈōst How to pronounce oast (audio) \
variants: or oasthouse \ ˈōst-​ˌhau̇s How to pronounce oasthouse (audio) \

Definition of oast

: a usually conical kiln used for drying hops, malt, or tobacco

First Known Use of oast

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oast

Middle English ost, from Old English āst; akin to Middle Dutch eest kiln, Latin aestus heat, aestas summer — more at edify

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“Oast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oast. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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