EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PYRES
Perhaps ancient kings of Lydia were once burned alive on pyres, 'as living embodiments of their god.'
He celebrates Hephæstion's death with Homeric games and pyres up-piled to heaven.
As he had promised, he had built up three towering pyres, widely apart.
Smoke from a dozen to fifty pyres may be seen rising from the ghat, and the ashes are thrown into the Ganges just below.
The poisoned Souldier when his Belly brake, put out two pyres in Plutarch.
Within the meru were three pyres, concealed by gilt screens, on which were set the coffins containing the bodies.
The remains of Ellen, Victorin and his son were placed upon the pyres, amidst the chants of the bards and druids.
From these charitable contributions two pyres had been prepared, one for the man and one for the woman.
After all the offerings for the departed ones were deposited on the pyres, a profound silence followed.
Above the pyres rose a sort of scaffolding on which the patients were tied fast.
1650s, from Latin pyra and directly from Greek pyra "funeral pyre; altar for sacrifice; any place where fire is kindled," from pyr "fire," cognate with Old English fyr (see fire (n.)).