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pyre

noun [C] uk   /paɪər/ us    /paɪr/
a large pile of wood on which a dead body is burned in some parts of the world: A traditional Hindu custom used to involve widows burning themselves alive on their husbands' funeral pyres.
Translations of “pyre”
in Spanish pira…
in French bûcher funéraire…
in German der Scheiterhaufen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 火葬堆…
in Russian погребальный костер…
in Turkish ölü/ceset yakma töreninde kullanılan odun yığını…
in Chinese (Simplified) 火葬堆…
in Polish stos…
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