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pyre

[ pahyuhr ]
/ paɪər /
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Definition of pyre

noun
a pile or heap of wood or other combustible material.
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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British Dictionary definitions for pyre

pyre
/ (paɪə) /

noun
a heap or pile of wood or other combustible material, esp one used for cremating a corpse

Word Origin for pyre

C17: from Latin pyra, from Greek pura hearth, from pur fire
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