needfire

noun

Definition of needfire

  1. :  a purificatory fire traditionally kindled usually by friction of dry wood in time of distress (as during a cattle plague) in the belief that it would ward off evil spirits; specifically :  the fire lighted on the night of St. John the Baptist's Day (June 24) to ward off sickness and ill luck — compare saint john's fire

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Origin and Etymology of needfire

1need + fire


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