One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fire maintained during the night as a signal or for the use of someone who is on watch.
- ‘It was unusually silent, but all the watchfires in its streets were blazing with a terrible intensity.’
- ‘In the camp, beside the glowing remains of three watchfires, paired sentries sat on heaps of skins, talking in low tones and passing wineskins from hand to hand.’
- ‘And so their spirits soared as they took their positions down the passageways of battle all night long, and the watchfires blazed among them.’
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