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1. a bonfire
2. a beacon fire
3. a funeral pyre
[C14 bale, from Old English bǣl pyre; related to Old Norse bāl flame, pyre, Sanskrit bhāla brightness]
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a large outdoor fire; bonfire.
[1400–50; late Middle English bal(e)fir, with Middle English bale bonfire < Old Norse bāl funeral pyre, c. Old English bǣl]
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|Noun||1.||balefire - a large outdoor fire that is lighted as a signal or in celebration|
fire - the event of something burning (often destructive); "they lost everything in the fire"
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