pyrophoric

[ pahy-ruh-fawr-ik, -for- ]

adjectiveChemistry.
  1. capable of igniting spontaneously in air.

Origin of pyrophoric

1
1780–90; <Greek pyrophór(os) fire-bearing (see pyro-, -phorous) + -ic

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pyrophoric

/ (ˌpaɪrəʊˈfɒrɪk) /


adjective
  1. (of a chemical) igniting spontaneously on contact with air

  2. (of an alloy) producing sparks when struck or scraped: lighter flints are made of pyrophoric alloy

Origin of pyrophoric

1
C19: from New Latin pyrophorus, from Greek purophoros fire-bearing, from pur fire + pherein to bear

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