balefire

noun
bale·​fire | \ ˈbāl-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce balefire (audio) \

Definition of balefire

: an outdoor fire often used as a signal fire

First Known Use of balefire

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for balefire

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

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“Balefire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balefire. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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