Meaning of Kanji Compund: 夏炉冬扇 (かろとうせん, karotousen)

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Kanji: 夏炉冬扇
Kana: かろとうせん
Romaji: karotousen

Short definition

Untimely and useless thing

Long definition

When it is summer the fireplace becomes useless, when it is winter the side fan becomes useless. Such is the meaning of this word, because the things is not useful for it's season.