tap·​hole ˈtap-ˌhōl How to pronounce taphole (audio)
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of taphole was in 1594

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Cite this Entry

“Taphole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taphole. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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