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balefire

[beyl-fahyuh r] /ˈbeɪlˌfaɪər/
noun
1.
a large fire in the open air; bonfire.
2.
a signal fire; beacon.
3.
the fire of a funeral pile.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English bal(e)fir, equivalent to bale (< Old Norse bāl funeral pyre) + fire fire; replacing Old English bǣlfȳr
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British Dictionary definitions for bale-fire

balefire

/ˈbeɪlˌfaɪə/
noun (archaic)
1.
a bonfire
2.
a beacon fire
3.
a funeral pyre
Word Origin
C14 bale, from Old English bǣl pyre; related to Old Norse bāl flame, pyre, Sanskrit bhāla brightness
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