taphole

noun
tap·​hole | \ ˈtap-ˌhōl How to pronounce taphole (audio) \

Definition of taphole

: a hole for a tap specifically : a hole at or near the bottom of a furnace or ladle through which molten metal, matte, or slag can be tapped

First Known Use of taphole

1594, in the meaning defined above

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“Taphole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taphole. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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