balefire

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From Middle English balefire, from Old English bǣlfȳr(balefire, funeral or sacrificial fire), equivalent to bale +‎ fire.

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balefire ‎(plural balefires)

  1. an outdoor fire, such as pyre, bonfire, signal fire, asf.
    • 2002, Marilyn F. Daniel, Kitchen Witchery[1], Weiser, ISBN 9781578631896, page 236:
      Rites done on a lakeshore or seashore can be illuminated with balefires of dried driftwood collected prior to the rite.

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