its lumber of crates and bottles


Español, Venezuela
Hello there, I don't get the part in bold:

but he re-collected his courage and followed the butler into the laboratory building and through the surgical theatre, with its lumber of crates and bottles, to the foot of the stair.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The crates and the bottles were made of lumber (wood)? I don't get the sentence:(.

Thanks for your help.
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    Did you check the WR dictionary, Nicolartor? Here's one of the definitions from there:

    miscellaneous useless articles that are stored away

    This is a BE usage (and I don't know how current it may be, but perhaps our British members can comment).


    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    I'm quite familiar with the term "lumber room" for "storage room", and the expression "to lumber (burden) someone with something" is current.
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