Part of speech: noun

A heap of combustibles arranged for burning a dead body.

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Usage examples "pyre":

  1. He, they say, did this; but to Croesus as he stood upon the pyre there came, although he was in such evil case, a memory of the saying of Solon, how he had said with divine inspiration that no one of the living might be called happy. - "The History Of Herodotus Volume 1(of 2)", Herodotus.
  2. Now he was Achilles by the corpse of Patroklus, or Alexander by the pyre of the dead Hephaistus. - "History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 11 (of 12)", S. Rappoport.
  3. I'd knelt down to make a funeral pyre of paper roses, when in a voice low yet firm my brother ordered me to my feet. - "The Motor Maid", Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson.