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or pyrotechnical

[pahy-ruh-tek-nik or pahy-ruh-tek-ni-kuh l] /ˌpaɪ rəˈtɛk nɪk or ˌpaɪ rəˈtɛk nɪ kəl/
of or relating to pyrotechnics.
pertaining to, resembling, or suggesting fireworks.
Origin of pyrotechnic
First recorded in 1695-1705; pyro- + technic
Related forms
pyrotechnically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And so ended, as in the great finale of a pyrotechnic display, my two hours on a hillside clearing.

    Edge of the Jungle William Beebe
  • No one within its walls has been witness to the pyrotechnic display.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • In the evening there was a fine electric and pyrotechnic display throughout the city and along the river.

  • In Europe the Italians were the first to cultivate the pyrotechnic art.

  • This time they did not rush in with pyrotechnic displays to show the wondrous power they knew.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • Marion was alternately amused and dazzled by the pyrotechnic Agatha.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • Their affair was one fierce series of spats and disputes that blazed out at last in a pyrotechnic row.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
Word Origin and History for pyrotechnic

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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