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From Latin pyra (pyre, funeral pile), from Ancient Greek πυρά (purá), from πῦρ (pûr, fire), from Proto-Indo-European *péh₂wr̥.

Doublet of fire.

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pyre (plural pyres)

  1. A funeral pile; a combustible heap on which corpses are burned.
    • For nine long nights, through all the dusky air, The pyres thick flaming shot a dismal glare. - Homer Iliad, p. 31
  2. Any heap or pile of combustibles.

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