Origin of pyro-
before a vowel pyr-
- denoting a new substance obtained by heating anotherpyroboric acid is obtained by heating boric acid
- denoting an acid or salt with a water content intermediate between that of the ortho- and meta- compoundspyro-phosphoric acid
- having a property that changes upon the application of heatpyromorphite
- having a flame-coloured appearancepyroxylin
Word Origin for pyro-
before vowels pyr-, word-forming element form meaning "fire," from Greek pyro-, combining form of pyr (genitive pyros) "fire, funeral fire," also symbolic of terrible things, rages, "rarely as an image of warmth and comfort" [Liddell & Scott]; see fire (n.). Pyriphlegethon, literally "fire-blazing," was one of the rivers of Hell.