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pyre

 (pīr)
n.
1. A heap of combustibles for burning a corpse as a funeral rite.
2. A pile of combustibles.

[Latin pyra, from Greek purā, from pūr, fire; see paəwr̥ in Indo-European roots.]

pyre

(paɪə)
n
a heap or pile of wood or other combustible material, esp one used for cremating a corpse
[C17: from Latin pyra, from Greek pura hearth, from pur fire]

pyre

(paɪər)

n.
1. a pile or heap of wood or other combustible material.
2. such a pile for burning a dead body, esp. as part of a funeral rite.
[1650–60; < Latin pyra < Greek pyrá funeral pyre, derivative of pŷr fire]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pyre - wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral ritepyre - wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral rite
cumulation, heap, pile, agglomerate, cumulus, mound - a collection of objects laid on top of each other
Translations
hranice
bålildligbål
lomača
halotti máglyamáglya
bálköstur; líkbál
rogus
sārts
eld
odun yığını

pyre

[ˈpaɪəʳ] Npira f (fig) → hoguera f

pyre

[ˈpaɪər] nbûcher m funeral pyre

pyre

nScheiterhaufen m (zum Verbrennen von Leichen)

pyre

[ˈpaɪəʳ] npira

pyre

(ˈpaiə) noun
a pile of wood on which a dead body is ceremonially burned. a funeral pyre
References in classic literature ?
Passion for power: the glowing scourge of the hardest of the heart-hard; the cruel torture reserved for the cruellest themselves; the gloomy flame of living pyres.
It has an unspeakable, wild, Hindoo odor about it, such as may lurk in the vicinity of funereal pyres.
First he smote their mules and their hounds, but presently he aimed his shafts at the people themselves, and all day long the pyres of the dead were burning.
This could only be determined at the moment and the place themselves; but it was certain that the abduction must be made that night, and not when, at break of day, the victim was led to her funeral pyre.
She saw this giant and perfect form writhing amid the flames of the burning pyre.
The Achaeans then bury Antilochus and lay out the body of Achilles, while Thetis, arriving with the Muses and her sisters, bewails her son, whom she afterwards catches away from the pyre and transports to the White Island.
To give force to their threat, a pyre of logs and fagots was heaped up and kindled into a blaze.
In the centre of that open space where he had caused the Boers to be fallen upon he had built up a great pyre of wood--brushwood beneath, and on top of the brushwood logs, and even whole trees.
I've been thinking we might make that brushwood into a pyre and burn his body--and those other things.
Esmeralda had removed her red apron and was waving it frantically above her head; but Clayton, still fearing that even this might not be seen, hurried off toward the northern point where lay his signal pyre ready for the match.
The sight was awe-inspiring in the extreme as one contemplated this mighty floating funeral pyre, drifting unguided and unmanned through the lonely wastes of the Martian heavens; a derelict of death and destruction, typifying the life story of these strange and ferocious creatures into whose unfriendly hands fate had carried it.
Hunt caused a huge pyre of pine wood to be made, which soon sent up a great column of flame that might be seen far and wide over the prairies.