Pyrophore

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pyrophore any composition which takes fire on exposure to air or water
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. pyr, fire, pherein, to carry.

Usage

In literature:

AUBERT ET DUBOIS, R.: 1884, Sur les proprietes de la lumiere des pyrophores.
"The Nature of Animal Light" by E. Newton Harvey
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In news:

Plutonium is highly pyrophoric, meaning that, under the right conditions, it can ignite spontaneously.
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