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pyrotechnic

or pyrotechnical

[pahy-ruh-tek-nik or pahy-ruh-tek-ni-kuh l] /ˌpaɪ rəˈtɛk nɪk or ˌpaɪ rəˈtɛk nɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to pyrotechnics.
2.
pertaining to, resembling, or suggesting fireworks.
Origin of pyrotechnic
1695-1705
First recorded in 1695-1705; pyro- + technic
Related forms
pyrotechnically, adverb
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adj.

1704, "of or pertaining to fire;" 1825, "of or pertaining to fireworks," from pyro- + Greek tekhnikos "made by art," from tekhne "art" (see techno-). Figurative use attested from 1847. Related: Pyrotechnical (1610s, from pyrotechny "use of gunpowder," 1570s).

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