a pile or heap of wood or other combustible material.
such a pile for burning a dead body, especially as part of a funeral rite, as in India.

1650–60; < Latin pyra < Greek pyrá hearth, funeral pile

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pyre (paɪə)
a heap or pile of wood or other combustible material, esp one used for cremating a corpse
[C17: from Latin pyra, from Greek pura hearth, from pur fire]

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Word Origin & History

1658, from L. pyra, from Gk. pyra "a hearth, funeral pyre," from pyr (gen. pyros) "fire," cognate with O.E. fyr (see fire).
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Example sentences
He climbed onto the pyre himself and stayed there, without uttering another sound, until the fire consumed him.
Behind the village they erect a pyre, on which they burn the straw figure, reviling and scoffing at it the while.
The property and belongings of the deceased were placed on a pyre along with the body, to accompany the spirits.
We brought her back to the house and placed her in the burn pit on a wooden pyre.
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