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[pahyuh r]
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  1. a pile or heap of wood or other combustible material.
  2. such a pile for burning a dead body, especially as part of a funeral rite, as in India.
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Origin of pyre

1650–60; < Latin pyra < Greek pyrá hearth, funeral pile
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  1. a heap or pile of wood or other combustible material, esp one used for cremating a corpse
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin pyra, from Greek pura hearth, from pur fire
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Word Origin and History for pyre


1650s, from Latin pyra and directly from Greek pyra "funeral pyre; altar for sacrifice; any place where fire is kindled," from pyr "fire," cognate with Old English fyr (see fire (n.)).

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