Pyre meaning

pīr
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A heap of combustibles for burning a corpse as a funeral rite.
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A pile, esp. of wood, on which a dead body is burned in a funeral rite.
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A pile of combustibles.
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A funeral pile; a combustible heap on which corpses are burned.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pyre
Plural:
pyres

Origin of pyre

  • Latin pyra from Greek purā from pūr fire paəwr̥ in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin pyra (“pyre, funeral pile"), from Ancient Greek πυρά (pura), from πῦρ (pÅ«r, “fire"), from Proto-Indo-European *péhâ‚‚ur. Etymological twin to fire.

    From Wiktionary