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pyro-

(word root) fire
Examples of words with the root pyro-: pyromaniac
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pyro-

or pyr-
pref.
1. Fire; heat: pyrotechnic.
2. Relating to the action of fire or heat: pyrography.
3. Fever: pyrogen.
4. Formed upon heating, by loss of water or another small molecule: pyrosulfuric acid.

[New Latin, from Greek puro-, from pūr, fire; see paəwr̥ in Indo-European roots.]
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pyro-

or before a vowel

pyr-

combining form
1. denoting fire, heat, or high temperature: pyromania; pyrometer.
2. (General Physics) caused or obtained by fire or heat: pyroelectricity.
3. (Chemistry) chem
a. denoting a new substance obtained by heating another: pyroboric acid is obtained by heating boric acid.
b. denoting an acid or salt with a water content intermediate between that of the ortho- and meta- compounds: pyro-phosphoric acid.
4. (Minerals) mineralogy
a. having a property that changes upon the application of heat: pyromorphite.
b. having a flame-coloured appearance: pyroxylin.
[from Gk pur fire]
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pyro-

1. a combining form meaning “fire,” “heat,” “high temperature,” used in the formation of compound words: pyrogen; pyromancy.
2.
a. a combining form used in the names of inorganic acids, the water content of which is intermediate between the ortho and meta forms of an acid: pyrophosphoric acid.
b. a combining form used in the names of the salts of these acids.
Also, esp. before h or a vowel, pyr-.
[< Greek pyro-, comb. form of pŷr fire]
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On the eve of the London Middle East summit, Afif Safieh called the premier a "pyro- maniac on a powder keg".