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Coolgardie safe Line breaks: Cool|gar¦die safe
Pronunciation: /kuːlˌɡɑːdi ˈseɪf/

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Definition of Coolgardie safe in English:


A box or cupboard for storing food, cooled by strips of wetted fabric.
Example sentences
  • There have been recent efforts to revive the use of Coolgardie safes in order to reduce the carbon footprint of our high energy input lifestyle.
  • Everyone knows that food storage was a problem for Aborigines and indeed for the colonists until the invention of the Coolgardie Safe and eventually the ice chest.
  • One invention, the Coolgardie safe, depended on the evaporation of water from the surface of hessian, which was fixed to the frame of a kitchen cupboard.


1920s: named after Coolgardie, a town in Western Australia.

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