pyre

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noun \ˈpī(-ə)r\

Definition of pyre

  1. :  a combustible heap for burning a dead body as a funeral rite; broadly :  a pile of material to be burned a pyre of dead leaves

Origin and Etymology of pyre

Latin pyra, from Greek, from pyr fire — more at fire


First Known Use: 1587


PYRE Defined for English Language Learners

pyre

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noun \ˈpī(-ə)r\

Definition of pyre for English Language Learners

  • : a pile of wood for burning a dead body


PYRE Defined for Kids

pyre

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noun \ˈpīr\

Definition of pyre for Students

  1. :  a heap of wood for burning a dead body



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