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pyrophoric (pie-ruh-FOR-ik) adjective

1. Spontaneously igniting in air.

2. Producing sparks by friction.

[From pyrophorus, substance that ignites spontaneously :, from Greek purophoros, fire-bearing : puro-, pyro- + -phoros, -phorous.]

"A pyrophoric mix of extreme religious persuasions explodes in the face of Stone's skeptical hero in Jerusalem's Old City." Picks of the Season Enough Titles in Bloom to Book a Holiday, Denver Rocky Mountain News, 21 Jun 1998.

This week's theme: words derived by adding prefixes.

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I long for eternity because there I shall meet my unwritten poems and my unpainted pictures. -Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) [Sand and Foam]


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