- 1841, The Existence of Christ Disproved, London 1841, p. 63:
- The fire Ether, which they supposed to circulate throughout the universe, was represented in their pyrees, or fire temples, by the sacred fire kept continually alive by the Magi, or priests [...].
- 1892, Notes and Queries, vol. LXXXVI:
- In Persia the temples of fire are called Pyrees; the most celebrated is that of Baalbec, the city of the sun.
From Late Latin pyreum, from Ancient Greek πυρεῖον (pureion).