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[em-ber] /ˈɛm bər/
a small live piece of coal, wood, etc., as in a dying fire.
embers, the smoldering remains of a fire.
Origin of ember
before 1000; Middle English eemer, emeri, Old English ǣmerge, ǣmyrie (cognate with Old Norse eimyrja, Old High German eimuria), equivalent to ǣm- (cognate with Old Norse eimr steam) + -erge, -yrie, akin to Old English ys(e)le ember, Latin ūrere to burn Unabridged
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  • A dark body leaped away and an ember of the fire, flaring up just then, revealed a small animal.

    Tom Fairfield in Camp Allen Chapman
  • “I will not forget your warning,” Prince ember promised him.

    The Shadow Witch Gertrude Crownfield
  • Yet the place where they trod was bright about them, made so by the ruddy glow which streamed from the figure of Prince ember.

    The Shadow Witch Gertrude Crownfield
  • Prince ember, seeing her silent, guessed nothing of her thoughts.

    The Shadow Witch Gertrude Crownfield
  • Prince ember sprang to his feet, his eyes kindling with eagerness.

    The Shadow Witch Gertrude Crownfield
  • Meanwhile Prince ember was thinking of his great debt to the Elf.

    The Shadow Witch Gertrude Crownfield
  • "In the corner where you put us," Coal and ember growled with one voice.

  • "So I discovered," said ember, with his quiet, engaging smile.

    The Destroying Angel Louis Joseph Vance
  • ember seemed to be labouring under the misapprehension that the Fiske place was without a tenant.

    The Destroying Angel Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for ember


a glowing or smouldering piece of coal or wood, as in a dying fire
the fading remains of a past emotion: the embers of his love
Word Origin
Old English ǣmyrge; related to Old Norse eimyrja ember, eimr smoke, Old High German eimuria ember
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Word Origin and History for ember

Old English æmerge "ember," merged with or influenced by Old Norse eimyrja, both from Proto-Germanic *aim-uzjon- "ashes" (cf. Middle Low German emere, Old High German eimuria, German Ammern); a compound from *aima- "ashes" (from PIE root *ai- "to burn;" see edifice) + *uzjo- "to burn" (from PIE root *eus- "to burn;" cf. Latin urere "to burn, singe"). The -b- is intrusive.

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