Definition of death fire in English:

death fire

noun

  • 1A mysterious light supposed to be seen floating or flickering in the air around a corpse, in a graveyard, etc.; a phosphorescent light emitted by decaying organic matter; (also) a luminous electrical discharge on a ship, etc., during a storm, St. Elmo's fire.

  • 2A fire for burning a person to death.

Origin

Mid 18th century. From death + fire.

Pronunciation

death fire

/ˈdɛθ fʌɪə/