noun wild·fire \-ˌfī(-ə)r\

: a fire in a wild area (such as a forest) that is not controlled and that can burn a large area very quickly

Full Definition of WILDFIRE

:  a sweeping and destructive conflagration especially in a wilderness or a rural area
:  a phosphorescent glow (as ignis fatuus or fox fire)
:  a destructive leaf-spot disease of tobacco caused by several strains of a bacterium (Pseudomonas syringae)
like wildfire
:  very rapidly <the news spread like wildfire>

Examples of WILDFIRE

  1. The recent wildfires were made worse by the strong winds.

First Known Use of WILDFIRE

12th century


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