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hearth / här[unvoicedth]/ • n. the floor of a fireplace: the crackling blaze on the hearth. ∎  the area in front of a fireplace: they were sitting around the hearth. ∎  used as a symbol of one's home: he left hearth and home to train in Denmark. ∎  the base or lower part of a furnace, where molten metal collects.

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