a small live piece of coal, wood, etc., as in a dying fire.
embers, the smoldering remains of a fire.

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

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ember (ˈɛmbə)
1.  a glowing or smouldering piece of coal or wood, as in a dying fire
2.  the fading remains of a past emotion: the embers of his love
[Old English ǣmyrge; related to Old Norse eimyrja ember, eimr smoke, Old High German eimuria ember]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. æmerge "ember," merged with or infl. by O.N. eimyrja, both from P.Gmc. *aim-uzjon "ashes" (cf. Ger. Ammern), from *aima- "ashes" + *uzjo "to burn," from PIE base *ai- "to burn." The -b- is intrusive.
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Example sentences
Prepare a blazing hardwood fire and let it burn down to embers.
If you leave it near the fire too long, or tilt it at the wrong angle, you risk
  having it slide right into the embers.
The embers of the evening's fire are kept burning through the night.
They are also handy around the campfire for dousing small embers or fire
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