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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
  • Australia was the source of the first refrigeration system, the Coolgardie safe.
  • Their collections of bark huts, harvesting machines, Coolgardie safes, mining implements, and kitchen utensils conveyed, at least to modern eyes, a sense of the hardship and simplicity of pioneer life.
  • 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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