One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to combustion or combustibility; combustible.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Henry John Todd (d. 1845), Church of England clergyman and literary scholar. From ancient Greek ἔμπυρος burnt (from ἐμ-, variant (before a labial) of ἐν- + πῦρ fire: see pyro-) + -ical.
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