An example of an ember is a the orange piece of coal in a BBQ grill.
Origin of ember
- Middle English embre from Old English ǣmerge
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old English ǣmyrge, from Proto-Germanic *aim-uzjon; see also Swedish mörja (“embers”), Danish emmer, Old High German eimuria (“pyre”); the b is intrusive and was added in English for ease of pronunciation when the vowel of the second syllable (y) disappeared; from Proto-Germanic *aima (“ashes”), ultimately from two Proto-Indo-European roots meaning "to burn:" *h₂eidʰ- ‘burn; fire’ - (compare Old High German eit (“funeral pile”), Welsh aidd (“zeal, heat”), Old Irish aed (“fire”), Sanskrit इन्ध (indha, “burst into flames”), Ancient Greek αιτηειν (aitēein, “to burn”); and *uzjo (“to burn”), from *eus (“to burn”); see also Latin urere (“to singe, burn”).
- Middle English ymber (“running around, circuit”)