Last modified on 6 April 2014, at 23:17
From Old English bælfyr (“balefire, funeral or sacrificial fire”), related to bæl and fyr
balefire (plural balefires)
- an outdoor fire, such as pyre, bonfire, signal fire, asf.
- 2002, Marilyn F. Daniel, Kitchen Witchery, Weiser, ISBN 9781578631896, page 236:
- Rites done on a lakeshore or seashore can be illuminated with balefires of dried driftwood collected prior to the rite.