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Cathy: Weekword — pyrophoric

I am hosting the Weekword Challenge this week and hope you’ll join in on the fun. Weekword is a creative challenge that gets passed around the internet and each week a new blogger is asked to host and chooses a new word to inspire others to share their response. You can do anything: from poetry to photography to pottery to pensive ramblings. Whatever happens is good as long as it prompts you to do, to make, to create and then to share.


I flipped open my old red Merriam-Webster, and found this week’s word. I like it. It’s sparkly. In fact the official meaning from is

py·ro·phor·ic /ˌpaɪrəˈfɔrɪk, -ˈfɒr-/ [pahy-ruh-fawr-ik, -for-]–adjective Chemistry .capable of igniting spontaneously in air.Origin: Gk pyrophór ( os ) fire-bearing ( see pyro-, -phorous) + -ic Unabridged. Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.

World English Dictionary

pyrophoric (ˌpaɪrəʊˈfɒrɪk)— adj1. (of a chemical) igniting spontaneously on contact with air2. (of an alloy) producing sparks when struck or scraped: lighter flints are made of pyrophoric alloy[C19: from New Latin pyrophorus, from Greek purophoros fire-bearing, from pur fire + pherein to bear]

I hope it sparks something in you! (I couldn’t resist.) Please add a comment here to indicate if you are participating and I will post a link to your blog on Friday to share with with others.

Have fun!

crossposted from musings in mayhem

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ok I missed it! so sorry I am so behind!

    December 10, 2010
  2. no worries. is hosting this week, today is the ‘deadline’ and she’ll invite someone else to host it next week…

    December 10, 2010

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