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balefire

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noun bale·fire \ˈbāl-ˌfī(-ə)r\

Definition of balefire

  1. :  an outdoor fire often used as a signal fire



Origin of balefire

Middle English, from Old English bǣlfȳr funeral fire, from bǣl pyre + fȳr fire


First Known Use: before 12th century


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